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OIL: The completion of two pipeline projects will double the amount of oil Enbridge ships out of North Dakota, and federal regulators conceal details of Exxon’s emergency response plan for an Arkansas pipeline that ruptured earlier this year. (Forum News Service, InsideClimate News)

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TRANSMISSION: Illinois regulators approve a $1 billion transmission project that could impact as many as 8,400 landowners. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

EFFICIENCY: A Q&A with Dr. Jeff Thompson, who is leading a Wisconsin health system’s effort to become energy independent by 2014. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A Detroit hotel completes an LED retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage, one of the largest projects of its kind in the U.S. (CBS Detroit)

SOLAR: A report finds the production process for solar panels may be getting dirtier. (Mother Jones)

GRID: Data centers are at the center of the fight over whether to increase reliance on coal or renewable energy. (Greenwire)

ELECTRIC CARS: The Tesla Model S is the safest car ever tested by the NHTSA, in large part because it doesn’t have an internal combustion engine. (Quartz)

WIND: The company proposing to build offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie by 2017 is seeking public input into the project. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ETHANOL: Senators from Iowa and Minnesota are seeking an investigation into whether oil companies are “undermining efforts to distribute renewable fuels.” (Des Moines Register)

BIOENERGY: A Michigan utility is now distributing natural gas derived from landfill methane directly to residential customers. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY: Is Illinois’ high-speed rail project a waste of money? (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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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