PETCOKE: Recent announcements don’t necessarily mean the end of petcoke in Chicago. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Advocates are pushing for Illinois utilities to adopt rates that will vary throughout the day depending on demand. (Midwest Energy News)

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UTILITIES: A newspaper investigation finds an Illinois utility has funneled millions of dollars from ratepayers to political organizations. (Chicago Tribune)

TECHNOLOGY: Business leaders, including Bill Gates and Jeffrey Immelt, call for the U.S. to invest more in energy research. (New York Times)

• A study finds most products refined from oil shipped via Keystone XL would remain in the United States. (The Hill)
• The U.S. is running out of places to store oil. (Bloomberg)
• Striking workers capture a flare-up at BP’s Whiting, Indiana refinery on video. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• What role did political contributions play in Ohio’s Supreme Court ruling on local fracking oversight? (Columbus Dispatch)

MICHIGAN: What’s the future for distributed generation in Michigan? (Model D Media)

SOLAR: An appeal will be heard today on a proposed utility-scale solar project near Sioux Falls. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

WIND: A wind farm becomes the largest taxpayer in an Ohio county. (Van Wert Times Bulletin)

EPA: A manufacturers’ group says companies will move their operations overseas if the EPA regulates their carbon emissions. (Greenwire)

EFFICIENCY: The EPA tightens rules for determining fuel economy of cars. (New York Times)

OHIO: A recent PUCO appointment fuels speculation over the current chair’s future. (Columbus Business First)

TRANSMISSION: Illinois landowners appeal a decision approving a new transmission line. (Quad-City Times)

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MEDIA: Chicago Tribune energy reporter Julie Wernau is leaving for a new job at the Wall Street Journal. (Robert Feder)

COMMENTARY: Why we don’t need new innovations in energy storage. (Greentech Media)

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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