COAL: As the U.S. coal industry ramps up exports to China and Europe, what will be the impact on Midwest mines and power plants? (Midwest Energy News)

POLITICS: The revelation that Ohio coal miners were required to attend a pro-Romney rally is diminishing the candidate’s support among working class voters in the state, and is the subject of a new Obama campaign video. Also, Nebraska Senate candidates spar over climate change. (The Atlantic, Politico, The Hill)

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MICHIGAN: Backers of a ballot measure to increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard say the change would only increase electric bills by about 50 cents a month. (Detroit News)

CLIMATE: Can U.S. carbon emissions continue to fall? (Climate Central)

EFFICIENCY: The FTC cracks down on what it calls deceptive energy-savings claims by five U.S. window manufacturers, and Michigan Realtors promote a state program offering low-cost energy audits for homeowners. (McClatchy, CBS Detroit)

MINNESOTA: Xcel Energy says its Sherco coal plant, currently under repair after an explosion knocked out one of its units last year, will remain a “cornerstone” of its generating fleet. (St. Cloud Times)

OIL: Landowners and local officials dispute whether Hyperion will still be able to build a proposed South Dakota refinery after giving up land rights, and some Michigan landowners are winning their court fights against Enbridge’s efforts to acquire land for a pipeline expansion. (Akron Hometowner, InsideClimate News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A federal loan program for clean energy is plagued with delays; a coalition of local Chamber of Commerce chapters call on the presidential candidates to “take a stand and prioritize clean energy as an economic development solution“; and a new poll finds nearly universal, bipartisan support for solar energy. (Reuters, The Hill, USA Today)

COMMENTARY: Why climate change should be front and center at tonight’s presidential debate. (Huffington Post)

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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