MICHIGAN: With polls showing most Michiganders in favor of more renewable energy, why did a ballot measure to expand the state’s renewable energy standard fail? (Midwest Energy News)

OIL: The International Energy Agency projects the U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer in five years. (New York Times)

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COAL: A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds 353 coal units in 31 states will likely retire over the next few years as they become uneconomical to run. (Reuters)

POLITICS: Influential conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist says a carbon tax “swap” with income taxes wouldn’t violate the no-tax pledge he’s prompted hundreds of GOP lawmakers to sign, giving them an opening to support the policy. (National Journal)

NUCLEAR: Among the issues facing Congress as the lame-duck session begins today: what to do about nuclear waste? (New York Times)

SOLAR: A city councilman in Rochester, Minnesota is sued by his homeowners association for installing solar panels without prior approval. (Rochester Post-Bulletin)

PIPELINES: Enbridge is being criticized for flying an American flag improperly at a work site on Veterans Day. (Detroit Free Press)

NATURAL GAS: Kwik Trip fights efforts by Wisconsin utilities to enter the compressed natural gas fueling market. (LaCrosse Tribune)

GERMANY: In the first installment of a six-part series, InsideClimate News takes a detailed look at Germany’s clean energy transformation and what the U.S. can learn from it.

TRANSPORTATION: A study finds price is still a major obstacle for potential electric vehicle buyers (New York Times), and a free webinar tomorrow sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will explore best practices for establishing a workplace electric vehicle charging program.

SMART GRID: ComEd says it may appeal to the Illinois legislature to restore $100 million in revenue it says is needed for smart grid expansion. (Chicago Sun-Times)

EFFICIENCY: Sylvania unveils an LED bulb that emits light equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Why we should tread cautiously connecting extreme weather events to the climate crisis, and why Obama’s re-election won’t necessarily help the renewable energy industry. (The Daily Climate, CNNMoney)

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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