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WIND: Wisconsin legislators next week will hold a hearing on a bill that would give neighbors wide latitude to sue wind farms, a measure that critics say would effectively shut down wind energy in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Facebook says its new Iowa data center will run entirely on wind power, North Dakota regulators approve a $350 million wind farm, and Nebraska is on track to triple its wind capacity by 2015 although a key transmission line to export that energy will be delayed. (Des Moines Register, Fargo Forum, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald)

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ETHANOL: In its ongoing series on ethanol, the Associated Press looks at the slow development of cellulosic biofuels, and Iowa congressmen are “angered and frustrated” at the prospect of a lower ethanol mandate. (Associated Press, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OHIO: An Ohio Senate panel will hold its final hearing today on SB 58, which would weaken the state’s renewable energy and efficiency laws. (Public News Service)  [EDITOR’S NOTE: The hearing was on Wednesday, Nov. 13.]

UTILITIES: Consumer groups raise questions as an Indiana regulator takes a job representing utilities at MISO. (Indianapolis Star)

COAL: Wisconsin regulators will hold a hearing today on a utility’s plan to convert a Milwaukee coal plant to natural gas. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

EPA: The EPA criticizes a proposal in Congress to limit the agency’s ability to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. (The Hill)

OIL: Why gasoline prices are dropping, and the White House partly credits improved efficiency for a decline in imports of foreign oil. (Washington Post, Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: A Missouri utility agrees to pay $92 million in solar rebates, and will also seek permission to build its own large-scale solar project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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FRACKING: Newly-passed fracking bans in some Colorado towns may not hold up to court challenges. (Denver Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: The Omaha World-Herald makes its case for continued investment in ethanol.

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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