CARBON CAPTURE: A Senate bill could turn enhanced oil recovery into a lifeline for carbon sequestration technology, and a carbon capture project at an Illinois ethanol plant is now pumping 300,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide into the ground. (EnergyWire, Treehugger)

NATURAL GAS: The abundance of shale gas has some industry groups calling for an end to Ohio’s efficiency mandates, and a new report says Ohio lacks the resources to adequately enforce drilling rules. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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POLITICS: A liberal group files a complaint with the FEC alleging that an Ohio coal company made an illegal contribution to the Romney campaign by requiring its workers to attend a campaign rally, and a new study compares candidates’ views on climate with those of the professors at their alma maters. (Columbus Dispatch, CleanTechnica)

WIND: Opponents try a novel approach to block a Michigan wind farm – they’re applying to build eight heliports in the project area. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

COAL: Coal exports from the U.S. are contributing to rising emissions in Europe, and the S.S. Badger will extend its season for two extra weeks to haul wind turbine components. (The Hill, Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: American Electric Power donates 200,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to an Ohio food bank, and a candidate for North Dakota’s Public Service Commission says the state needs an efficiency plan. (Columbus Dispatch, Grand Forks Herald)

ECONOMY: A new website links Ohioans with energy industry jobs. (Columbus Morning Call)

OIL: Enbridge takes Michigan landowners to court to acquire right-of-way for its Line 6B pipeline expansion. (Michigan Radio)

NUCLEAR: Xcel Energy investigates the cause of a Tuesday shutdown of a Minnesota nuclear plant. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

SOLAR: Sharp unveils a see-through solar panel. (CNET)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan newspaper says higher costs show the state’s energy law is working, Michael Levi takes a closer look at why U.S. carbon emissions are dropping, and would high-speed rail funds be better spent improving existing rail service? (Jackson Citizen-Patriot, Council on Foreign Relations, Wall Street Journal)

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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