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After years of controversy, Indiana coal plant fires up

OHIO: Results of a recent capacity auction show northern Ohio consumers will save millions of dollars in coming years, thanks to state energy efficiency requirements. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL: After years of controversy and cost overruns, Duke Energy’s Edwardsport, Indiana coal gasification plant is up and running. (Indianapolis Star)

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FRACKING: The EIA says the shale boom has increased recoverable oil and gas reserves in the U.S. by 35 percent since 2011, and a prominent ecologist denounces “compromise-oriented environmental organizations” for backing tougher fracking regulations in Illinois instead of an outright ban. (The Hill, Yes Magazine)

NATURAL GAS: A Colorado State University study will attempt to measure methane emissions from pipelines and other facilities. (Fort Collins Coloradoan)

EFFICIENCY: New low-cost LED bulbs change the lighting game, and a three-year effort in Detroit was able to improve efficiency in 84 buildings and 15 million square feet of commercial space. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Model D Media)

POLITICS: An inspector general report finds nepotism is “open and widely accepted” within the Energy Department. (Washington Post)

WIND: Can wind turbines withstand an EF-5 tornado? (Sustainable Business)

NUCLEAR: How the closure of a California nuclear plant differs from the shutdown of Wisconsin’s Kewaunee plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Despite publicly rejecting the project, city officials in Cleveland continue to pursue a permit for a waste-to-energy plant. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WATER: Low water levels on the Great Lakes continue to impact shipping of coal and other commodities. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Debunking the myth that electric cars aren’t really “green” compared to gasoline counterparts. (The Energy Collective)

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