EPA: Supreme Court justices appeared receptive yesterday to EPA arguments that the Cross-State pollution rule should be upheld. (Greenwire)

MEANWHILE: A federal appeals court panel asked skeptical questions of opponents seeking to block the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. (Reuters)

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SOLAR: A new report finds the U.S. is on track to outpace Germany in solar panel installation. (The Hill)

FRACKING: Ohio Republicans say their proposed lower tax rates on drilling are necessary to become “a modern oil-producing state,” critics say the plan is a giveaway to industry. (Columbus Dispatch)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin bill limiting local control over frac sand mining will likely be rewritten amid objections from some communities. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL: A Michigan company plans to build a 20,000-barrel-a-day refinery near Devils Lake, North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

COAL: A new report says coal power “is getting increasingly expensive compared with cleaner power sources,” with Michigan topping the list of states with the most uneconomic plants, and Ohio near the bottom. (Union of Concerned Scientists, Columbus Business First)

ALSO: The timeline for a Michigan coal plant’s closure is in question as state regulators are divided over a bond issue to finance the shutdown. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators give a Minnesota nuclear plant permission to increase its output. (St. Cloud Times)

TRANSPORTATION: A Michigan company offers a “mini-fleet” of four electric scooters and a solar charging system. (CBS Detroit)

CLIMATE: How Ronald Reagan became an unlikely climate change hero. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: A community activist says a Michigan utility is “leaving us in the dark while covering us in its soot.” (MLive)

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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