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Big energy decisions in Michigan, Chicago tonight

ELECTION: Check back with Midwest Energy News later tonight for results on Michigan’s Proposal 3 and Chicago’s municipal aggregation vote.

ALSO: How elections in other states may advance climate policy in the absence of federal direction. (Washington Post)

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A SUPERHERO FOR RENEWABLES? A St. Paul company hopes its new roster of clean-energy superheroes can help get kids interested in the technology. (Midwest Energy News)

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD: A bill in Congress would allow renewable energy companies to take advantage of limited partnerships, a financial structure currently available only to fossil fuel industries. (Great Lakes Echo)

COAL: We Energies and Wolverine Power are close to a deal that will keep the Presque Isle power plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula running with new emission controls. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

POLITICS: Scott Nally, Ohio’s EPA director, is seen as a strong possibility for federal EPA administrator if Mitt Romney wins the election. (Greenwire)

TRANSPORTATION: Fuel economy for new cars in the U.S. reaches an all-time high, electric car owners cruise past the gas-line chaos in New Jersey, and big employers step in to help shape the newest light rail line in suburban Minneapolis. (Wall Street Journal, New York Times)

NUCLEAR: Hearings began Monday on whether the license renewal process for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio should consider cracks in the facility’s concrete shield building. (Toledo Blade)

EFFICIENCY: An energy-saving upgrade helps revive an architectural gem in Detroit. (Model D Media)

COMMENTARY: Is the solar industry America’s fastest-growing job creation engine? (Forbes)


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