ELECTION: A tribal election could have a major impact on North Dakota’s oil industry. (Energywire)

ALSO: Why American Electric Power’s PACs are spending less money this election. (Columbus Business First)

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COAL: The long-idled Spiritwood plant in North Dakota begins operation, and an Illinois coal regulator is back on the job after successfully fighting his termination. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

EFFICIENCY: A group in Chicago sells landlords on the benefits of energy efficiency, and a Michigan retailer adapts to the future of light bulbs. (Midwest Energy News, MLive)

UTILITIES: Utility executives disagree on the future of transmission, Constellation closes its merger with Integrys Energy Services, and where will Michigan go next after coal plants retire? (Smart Grid News, Baltimore Business Journal, Model D Media)

HYDROPOWER: A Minnesota county considers whether to remove or renovate old dams. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: An Indiana city enters a deal to convert municipal sewage into diesel fuel. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

TRANSMISSION: A new wind-energy transmission line opens in Kansas. (Wichita Eagle)

TRANSPORTATION: The Twin Cities’ bike-share service considers year-round operation. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Crain’s says Exelon’s “market solution” to help its nuclear plants is self-serving, while the U.S. Chamber says nuclear power is key to Illinois’ clean-energy future. (Crain’s Chicago Business, Springfield State Journal-Register)

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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