OHIO: Records show that thousands of acres of state parks and forests in Ohio could be opened up to mining and drilling. (Columbus Dispatch)

MICHIGAN: Michigan’s U.S. Senators call on federal regulators to delay a rate increase to keep an Upper Peninsula power plant running (more background information here). (Associated Press)

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WIND: An Iowa engineer says switching from steel to concrete is the solution for taller wind turbines, and a bill in Michigan would add wind farms to the state’s Right to Farm Act. (Midwest Energy News, Michigan Capitol Confidential)

WISCONSIN: Recent changes in state law limit the public’s ability to comment on frac sand mining an other developments. (Madison Capital Times)

COAL: A Wisconsin man sues We Energies, alleging health impacts from a Milwaukee-area coal plant; and Midwest power plants continue to face low coal supplies as winter approaches. (Racine Journal Times, Energywire)

SOLAR: SolarCity’s CEO says “there is no cost” to solar power for homeowners, and a Lincoln, Nebraska utility says it will finalize its community solar plans in December. (InsideClimate News, Lincoln Journal Star)

OIL: A wellhead failure in North Dakota leaks hundreds of barrels of oil and brine; as of Friday workers were still trying to contain it. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The nuclear industry weighs keeping reactors online for as long as 80 years. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel producers look for markets beyond motor fuels. (New York Times)

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EPA: Advocacy and industry groups say renewable energy should play a stronger role in EPA carbon reduction plans. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Don’t overestimate the value of energy storage. (Greentech Media)

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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