CLIMATE: Scientists explain how climate change helped power Hurricane Sandy; and insurers project billions in economic damage from the storm, putting pressure on Congress to address climate change and the impact of extreme weather. (Associated Press, Reuters)

ALSO: Bill Clinton, at a stop in Minneapolis, uses the occasion to criticize Mitt Romney’s comments earlier this year mocking efforts to slow climate change. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: A new wave of devices will help consumers control lightbulbs from their smart phones or laptops, and give them more information about their electricity use, but will they really save energy? (Midwest Energy News)

KEYSTONE XL: A review by Nebraska officials finds TransCanada has satisfied most of the concerns raised by the state legislature over the proposed Keystone XL route. (Omaha World-Herald)

COAL: An Indiana appeals court ruling may give lawmakers another chance to reconsider a controversial coal-to-gas plant, but is unlikely to kill the project. (Indianapolis Star)

25 BY ’25: What will be the jobs impact of Michigan’s proposal to expand its renewable energy mandate? (Great Lakes Echo)

FRACKING: It remains unclear whether Ohio’s legislature will act on a proposal to increase drilling taxes, and hundreds turn out for an anti-fracking protest in Carbondale, Illinois. (Columbus Dispatch, Carbondale Southern)

ETHANOL: How proximity to ethanol plants is a boon for Nebraska’s cattle industry. (Lincoln Journal Star)

COMMENTARY: How Hurricane Sandy makes the case for a smarter, distributed energy grid; and Ohio lawmakers should stand by the state’s clean-energy law. (GigaOM, Toledo Blade)

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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