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Romney plans to roll out energy policy tomorrow

EPA: A federal appeals court yesterday vacated the EPA’s Cross-State pollution rule, saying in part that the regulation circumvents states’ authority to set their own emissions plans. (Greenwire)

POLITICS: Mitt Romney plans to roll out his energy plan, “particularly as it relates to fossil-based fuels,” at a New Mexico appearance tomorrow. (The Hill)

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MICHIGAN: A coalition of business groups and some utilities plan to release a report today showing a 2008 energy law allowing a limited amount of competition has led to higher electricity rates. (Detroit Free Press)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a segment of the CapX2020 project have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Wisconsin regulators’ approval of the line. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FRACKING: A Pennsylvania-based fracking watchdog group is setting up shop in Ohio, and a Wisconsin study will assess the impact of frac sand mining on water quality. (Akron Beacon Journal, Chippewa Herald)

NUCLEAR: Two Minnesota nuclear plants that shut down simultaneously last week for repair are back in operation. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Cedar Rapids’ municipal waste agency is planning a landfill-gas-powered generator that can power 1,000 homes, and is expected to pay for itself within 10 years (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ELECTRIC CARS: How close are we to an EV with a 400-mile range? A look at the possibilities, from the very likely to the far-fetched. (PlugIn Cars)

SOLAR: IBM says it’s discovered a way to increase solar cell output by 10 percent. (Earth2Tech)

GIT-R-DONE: Larry the Cable Guy visits the Oil Patch. (Fargo Forum)

COMMENTARY: Joe Romm says Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is as deluded on climate science as he is on biology, two Michigan business leaders say the state constitution shouldn’t be used to set energy policy, and an Iowa newspaper says ending the wind tax credit “while other types of energy producers retain their special tax advantages” would be unfair. (Climate Progress, MLive.com, Fort Dodge Messenger)

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