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)


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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