COAL: Midwest Generation, which operates four coal-fired power plants in Illinois, has filed for bankruptcy, along with its parent company, Edison Mission Energy. (Reuters)

AGGREGATION: Is municipal aggregation a path to a cleaner energy future, or an extension of the status quo? Ohio’s experience so far shows it’s difficult to tell. (Midwest Energy News)

POLLUTION: The EPA tightens standards for particulate pollution, in a move one clean air advocate calls “nothing short of historic.” (Greenwire)

CLIMATE: A poll released Friday finds 4 out of 5 Americans consider climate change a serious problem. (The Hill)

WIND: Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says the wind production tax credit is “way down on the list of priorities” for Congress. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRACKING: Legal challenges could slow Ohio’s drilling boom, and the Coast Guard considers whether to allow fracking wastewater to be shipped by barge. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, PublicSource)

OIL: A formation in Kansas could be the source of the next oil boom, and sacred Pawnee sites may be in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Kansas City Star, Lincoln Journal Star)

NATURAL GAS: Consumers Energy plans a new 700 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Michigan. (

BIOFUELS: House Republicans plan to take on the renewable fuel standard next year. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: A House Democrat’s bill would require the Treasury Department to study a mileage tax, and St. Louis leads the nation in transit ridership growth. (The Hill, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SMART METERS: DTE Energy sues a homeowner who removed a smart meter after blaming her flu symptoms on it. (Detroit Free Press)

COMMENTARY: Why Ken Silverstein says “all roads lead to a natural gas-fueled transport sector.” (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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