NUCLEAR: MidAmerican Energy drops plans to build a second nuclear power plant in Iowa, saying it was not in the best interest of ratepayers. (Des Moines Register)

POLICY: Observers say a growing constituency around wind and solar power has helped defeat efforts this year to repeal state renewable energy standards. (Greenwire)

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OIL: While not garnering the attention of Keystone XL, Enbridge is building a network of new and expanded pipelines throughout the Midwest to transport oil sands crude into the U.S., and a wealthy climate activist warns President Obama of political repercussions if Keystone XL is approved. (InsideClimate News, Washington Post)

GASOLINE: Gasoline prices spike in Michigan as Midwest refinery outages continue to leave fuel in short supply, and the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles prompts states to consider supplements to declining fuel tax revenue. (Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg)

BIOFUELS: A study projects climate change will make it difficult for the U.S. to meet its biofuel mandates, and gas station chains say refiners are refusing to provide them with E15. (Des Moines Register)

COAL: An EPA settlement in Missouri may have broader implications for coal ash sites around the state. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Kansas farmers object to plans for a new transmission line that will transport energy from wind farms to cities further east. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

TECHNOLOGY: An energy forum in Youngstown, Ohio this week will focus on new and emerging technology. (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY: Why Wisconsin needs to expand its use of clean energy, and is energy efficiency oversold as a climate solution? (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ensia)

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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