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Low oil prices not expected to slow fracking in Illinois

SOLAR: Community solar is expected to kick into high gear this morning as the state’s largest utility begins accepting applications; some projects have already sold out. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates say Republican gains in state elections don’t necessarily mean peril for efficiency programs, and a Michigan Habitat for Humanity chapter dedicates a new high-efficiency home. (Midwest Energy News, MLive)

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CLIMATE: Exelon says some industries’ “doomsday predictions” about the impact of EPA carbon rules “are simply not correct.” (Greenwire)

OIL: North Dakota grapples with the “paradox of plenty” — trying to turn a short-term boom into long-term prosperity. (Vox)

ALSO: Why surging oil production won’t necessarily mean more consumption in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING: Low oil prices are not expected to slow drilling activity in Illinois. (Carbondale Southern Illinoisan)

COAL: The Sierra Club says it will appeal a state decision allowing the FutureGen project to proceed. (Jacksonville Journal-Courier)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators say workers performing maintenance at a Michigan nuclear plant were inadequately monitored for radiation. (MLive)

ELECTRIC CARS: An Ohio man’s Chevy Volt is the first to hit 200,000 miles, and Lincoln, Nebraska unveils its first public EV charging station. (Inside EVs, Lincoln Journal Star)

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MEDIA: Scientists want journalists to stop using the word “skeptic” to describe climate science deniers. (ClimateProgress)

COMMENTARY: Why wind and solar pose less financial risk than other power projects. (Grist)

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