CLIMATE: In a visit to Iowa, Al Gore calls for a price on carbon and “a price on denial in politics.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

SOLAR: Why the Midwest is “not just flyover land anymore” for solar power. (Midwest Energy News)

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• An industry report says Iowa can meet its EPA carbon targets through wind power alone. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Oklahoma’s attorney general calls the Clean Power Plan “a gun to the head” for states. (The Hill)

• A survey finds Illinois’ clean-energy economy continues to grow. (Chicago Tribune)
• Clean energy startups are attracting more women into the energy sector. (Greenwire)

• Proposed tax credits for wind energy die in the Nebraska legislature amid a filibuster from a lawmaker whose district is home to the state’s largest coal plant. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Commissioners in a rural North Dakota county reject a wind farm permit amid concerns the project “would clutter up the gateways to our properties.” (Dickinson Press)
• Developers try again to win approval for an Illinois wind project after a similar proposal was rejected earlier this year. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• A Michigan museum will provide outreach and education on wind energy. (MLive)

• South Dakota becomes the new battleground for Keystone XL. (New York Times)
• Oil trains now supply more than half the crude for East Coast refineries, with most of that coming from North Dakota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A drilling company reports its fourth spill in North Dakota in less than a year. (UPI)

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TECHNOLOGY: Compressed air could still play a major role in energy storage. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: The “compromise” on renewable energy in Kansas was negotiated behind closed doors. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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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