WIND: An increasingly vocal proponent of clean energy, former President Bill Clinton will speak in Chicago tonight about the growth of wind power in the Midwest. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Exelon’s CEO travels to Washington, D.C. to oppose extension of the production tax credit, which Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley still predicts will be approved this year; and Omaha’s public utility plans to double its wind capacity. (National Journal, Radio Iowa, Omaha World-Herald)

FRACKING: The Interior Department delays chemical disclosure rules for fracking, and a Pennsylvania court rules that newspapers can sue for records related to drilling pollution disputes. (The Hill, New York Times)

ELECTRIC CARS: A bankruptcy judge approves a Chinese acquisition of A123’s assets, and a report finds Kansas City is well-prepared for electric vehicles. (Bloomberg, Kansas City Star)

OIL: Exxon predicts North America will become a net exporter of oil and gas, and a judge temporarily halts work on Keystone XL over a land dispute. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: An industry report finds solar installations are up 44 percent in the U.S., and Flint, Michigan claims the largest solar-powered Christmas tree in the Midwest. (Bloomberg,

POLITICS: Sen. Barbara Boxer announces plans to form a climate change caucus in the Senate. (The Hill)

ETHANOL: A Kansas-based Fed economist says markets, not mandates, are driving ethanol production. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

COMMENTARY: A conservative, small-government plan to fight climate change. (Forbes)

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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