KEYSTONE XL: The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a bill to push approval of Keystone XL, but doesn’t appear to have a veto-proof majority. (Reuters)

ALSO: Why the vote is more about politics than pipelines. (Grist)

• A new report raises safety concerns about reversing pipelines. (InsideClimate News)
• Early testing fails to find evidence of water contamination in the Bakken oil patch, but researchers caution it’s too early to measure long-term effects. (Associated Press)
• Amid public backlash, a company withdraws plans for a wastewater injection well near a Michigan park. (Oakland Press)
• A waterless fracking technique gets a trial run in Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• A major oil company merger raises concerns for smaller drilling operations. (Columbus Business First)
• Minnesota’s governor says more pipelines will be part of the solution to rail congestion. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Assuming she survives a recount challenge, a South Dakota lawmaker plans to continue her quest for a net metering law in the state; and an Iowa county pursues a third-party solar deal. (Midwest Energy News, Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Major solar firm SunEdison enters the wind business with a proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of First Wind. (New York Times)

WIND: Hearings begin on a proposed wind farm in Illinois. (WYZZ)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says existing rules are inadequate to deal with decommissioning plants. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: FERC says it’s not responsible for measuring the climate impact of proposed natural gas projects. (Greenwire)

CARS: Hydrogen cars make a comeback, Wisconsin proposes a $50 annual fee on electric cars, and Minnesota advocates push for more diverse fuel sources. (New York Times, Associated Press, Minnesota Daily)

TECHNOLOGY: New nanoscale battery technology could have big implications for energy storage. (National Geographic)

COMMENTARY: The outcome of Illinois’ fracking rules is “a sad object lesson in what happens when you exclude the public from a process that directly affects it.” (NRDC Switchboard)

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Ken Paulman

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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