COAL: A hearing next week on pollution waivers could determine the fate of some of Illinois’ largest coal plants. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ALSO: Documents show coal companies repeatedly complained to Ohio Gov. John Kasich about water regulations, which supports a former state EPA administrator’s assertion that he was forced out because of industry influence. (Columbus Dispatch)

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EFFICIENCY: While one Ohio utility continues to fight the state’s efficiency mandate, regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to go above and beyond what the law requires.; and during this week’s heat wave, the PJM Interconnection set a new record for using demand response. (Midwest Energy News, Greentech Media)

POLITICS: A Wyoming Republican’s amendment to a bipartisan efficiency bill would block EPA carbon limits, another would prevent federal agencies from considering the social cost of carbon in rulemaking. (The Hill)

SOLAR: Why some big utilities are embracing small-scale solar power, a Wisconsin solar manufacturer suspends operations, and made-in-Minnesota solar panels are now available off the shelf at home improvement stores. (InsideClimate News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Clean Energy Resource Teams)

INDIANA: Indiana regulators reverse course on efforts to seek funds from utility groups for an upcoming conference. (Indianapolis Star)

WIND: A Minnesota company seeks to expand the use of small wind turbines on farms, and Lansing, Michigan’s public utility announces an eight-turbine wind project. (Minnesota Public Radio, MLive)

BIOFUELS: A report finds a $603 million Energy Department program to commercialize cellulosic biofuels is falling short of its goals. (The Hill)

ELECTRIC CARS: Tesla unveils a new “Supercharger” charging station in Illinois, hybrid and electric car sales continue to grow. (Rockford Register Star, Los Angeles Times)

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GRID: A startup company takes a new approach to compressed air energy storage. (IEEE Spectrum)

COMMENTARY: Why contracts with the Prairie State Energy Campus deserve further investigation, and some advice for people interested in buying an electric car. (Midwest Energy News, Clean Energy Resource Teams)

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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