COAL: A new report says decades of “beneficial reuse” of coal ash could be contaminating water in southeast Wisconsin and possibly elsewhere in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Local officials approve an expanded coal waste site in Illinois. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

KEYSTONE XL: By a single vote, the U.S. Senate rejects a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and a leader of the Rosebud Sioux in South Dakota calls the pipeline “an act of war against our people.” (New York Times, Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

SOLAR: A solar group threatens to sue over Wisconsin’s decision on fixed charges, and a Minnesota lawmaker is recognized by the solar industry. (Express Milwaukee, Hibbing Daily Tribune)

WIND: Prospects dim for extension of the production tax credit as Republicans prepare to take control of the Senate. (Bloomberg)

EPA: States face challenges collaborating on EPA carbon rules, and House Republicans vote to add politicians to the EPA’s science advisory board. (ClimateWire, The Hill)

OIL: Shale drillers plan to increase production despite lower oil prices, Chicago is likely unprepared for an oil train disaster, and a frozen valve leads to a leak of hundreds of barrels of brine in North Dakota. (Bloomberg, WLS-TV, Associated Press)

MICHIGAN: How will the energy transition impact Michigan’s manufacturing sector? (Model D Media)

GRID: Indiana’s utility consumer office opposes Duke Energy’s plan for $1.9 billion in grid upgrades. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Milwaukee officials alter a proposed streetcar route to avoid conflicts with utility infrastructure. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Why we can’t call coal “clean,” and why a carbon tax may be the best way to advance clean energy. (Al Jazeera America, New York Times)

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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