SANDY: In addition to at least 16 fatalities, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread power outages, nuclear plant shutdowns and disruptions in oil markets. The Hill has a roundup.

25 BY ’25: Bill Clinton endorses Michigan’s Proposal 3, but the state’s PSC chair does not, nor does Dow Chemical. (, Detroit Free Press)

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NATURAL GAS: General Electric hits the road to generate interest in its new natural gas technology, which claims to be the most efficient in the world and can ramp up and down quickly to support renewable energy on the grid. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: North Dakota officials investigate reports of natural gas in rural water wells, which they say is likely not related to drilling in the Bakken. (Minot Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: A new study calls for correcting an “imbalance” that favors investing in new generating technology over finding ways to curb energy use in the first place. (CleanTechnica)

SMART GRID: After a worldwide search, Oak Park, Illinois, is selected for a two-year smart grid trial led by a Korean institute, which will install free solar panels on 200 buildings in the town. (Chicago Tribune)

ETHANOL: A Danish firm develops an enzyme it says can increase ethanol production by 2.5 percent. (Des Moines Register)

COAL: A panel recommends Holland, Michigan, proceed with a natural gas plant, but disagrees on the fate of the site of the city’s existing coal plant. (Holland Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: What is climate silence costing us? (National Journal)

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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