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Court ruling could leave utilities vulnerable to lawsuits

EPA: State legislators around the Midwest are introducing bills intended to slow implementation of EPA carbon rules for power plants. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: A D.C. court ruling could make utilities more vulnerable to pollution lawsuits, and Indiana’s top environmental official says he’s concerned about EPA carbon rules: “Indiana is based on low-cost electricity.” (SNL, Times of Northwest Indiana)

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OHIO: A business group’s poll contradicts earlier findings of broad support for Ohio’s energy efficiency law, critics note the latest poll focuses on costs but disregards benefits. (Columbus Dispatch)

ETHANOL: The author of a study questioning the climate benefits of ethanol derived from cornfield waste responds to industry criticism of his work. (ClimateWire)

WIND: A map shows wind energy’s share of new generating capacity, and a Michigan county expects increased tax revenue thanks to new wind farms and transmission lines. (Greentech Media, Huron Daily Tribune)

COAL: Alliance Resource Partners, the third-largest coal producer in the U.S., reports record earnings and a 13 percent profit increase. (Tulsa World)

NATURAL GAS: Developers halt plans for a new pipeline to move natural gas products from Ohio, and a Wisconsin company expands its network of compressed natural gas fueling stations. (Columbus Business First, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOENERGY: Biodigesters at an Iowa cattle operation are producing enough electricity to power 450 homes. (Quad-City Business Journal)

TRANSMISSION: Ameren plans a new transmission line in Illinois. (Peoria Journal Star)

CLIMATE: At the core of climate change discussions lies a question of what the current generation owes to future ones. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: An Iowa farmer explains how rural communities can help fight climate change, and why a pipeline safety provision disappeared from a piece of Ohio legislation. (Des Moines Register, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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