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Illinois utility funneled millions from ratepayers to politics

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)

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