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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Bill Clinton touts wind power in Chicago, solar installations up 44 percent, and more

solar panels on houseOIL: A malfunctioning well sprays oil in the air near North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea. (Fargo Forum)

FRAC SAND: Environmentalists sue to stop a controversial frac sand mine near a popular Illinois state park. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: In Chicago, Bill Clinton calls for a national grid to remove obstacles to wind power and other renewables. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: An industry report finds solar installations are up 44 percent in the U.S., and Flint, Michigan claims the largest solar-powered Christmas tree in the Midwest. (Bloomberg, MLive.com)

WIND: The Department of Energy awards $4 million to help develop offshore wind in Lake Erie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

TRANSPORTATION: A Flint, Michigan lab helps pioneer next-generation vehicle technology. (MLive.com)

FRACKING: Environmentalists and health professionals say Ohio’s law protecting gas company trade secrets also makes it nearly impossible for medical personnel to get the chemical information they need in time to protect patients. (Midwest Energy News)

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Plus: Michigan claims the largest solar-powered Christmas tree in the Midwest.

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