FRACKING: A federal forecast predicts increased natural gas production will make the U.S. a net energy exporter by 2026. (Reuters)

• A 76-year-old power plant at an Illinois university is under consideration for a carbon capture project, highlighting the challenge of adapting aging infrastructure to modern climate initiatives. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Southwest Power Pool seeks permission to sell electricity into Canada. (Utility Dive)

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• Federal regulators are expected to announce next week plants in the U.S. that contain components made by a troubled French company, which advocates say could pose a safety risk. (Reuters)
• A reporter says the proposed Lake Huron nuclear waste facility is the most divisive issue she’s covered: “You are either all in or all against.” (Radio Michigan)

POLITICS: Koch Industries courts minority communities to help advance its push for fossil fuels. (New York Times)

MICHIGAN: Education leaders praise new Michigan energy legislation for preserving the state’s electric choice program. (MLive)

WIND: Petition drives in Michigan target zoning decisions and other policy changes that would support wind development. (Huron Daily Tribune)

SOLAR: A Cincinnati official says city incentives led to a 33 percent increase in residential solar systems last year. (WVXU)

COAL: A sharp decline in coal shipments is complicating contract talks for unionized railroad workers. (Omaha World-Herald)

FRAC SAND: Opponents fight a Wisconsin sand mining project that would eliminate 17 acres of wetlands. (Urban Milwaukee/Wisconsin Democracy Campaign)

BIOFUELS: Senators from Iowa and Nebraska say they had a “very positive meeting” with Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt, who has been a critic of the Renewable Fuels Standard. (Omaha World-Herald)

• Following his nomination for energy secretary, former Texas governor Rick Perry resigns from the board of Energy Transfer Partners – the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. (Texas Tribune)
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to include oil pipelines in its streamlined permitting program, dealing a blow to environmentalists and opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Platts)

OIL: A worker is killed in a fire at a well site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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EFFICIENCY: PACE loans continue to encourage energy efficiency projects in Michigan. (Michigan Radio)

• Why Wisconsin can’t afford to ignore climate change. (Coulee News)
• A faith leader says continued use of coal is not only bad economics, it is “ethically deficient.” (Journal Gazette)
• President-elect Trump may provide new hope for nuclear energy. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

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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