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EFFICIENCY: Indiana utilities show that, without energy efficiency standards as policy, they will invest less in eliminating energy waste. (Midwest Energy News)

GREAT LAKES:
• Michigan’s two U.S. senators introduce federal legislation meant to prevent oil spills by tanker or pipeline in the Great Lakes. (MLive)
Several agencies and Enbridge will perform an oil spill response exercise in the Straits of Mackinac today. (Associated Press)

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OHIO: AEP Ohio’s president criticizes Texas-based Dynegy’s strategy in the state, the latest in public sparring between the two companies. (Columbus Business First)

CLIMATE CHANGE:
• Coinciding with with Pope Francis’s visit, leaders from several other major countries are expected to make climate change announcements this week. (ClimateWire)
Ohio lawmakers are excited about the Pope’s visit, but not about his message on climate change. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

SOLAR: Net metering and battery storage technology are inherently at odds with each other, creating clashes between some allies. (EnergyWire)

COMPETITION: A new report says bringing competition to the market has led to less of an overall increase in rates compared to regulated states. (Governing)

OIL AND GAS:
• A new $2 billion pipeline could be ready by 2018 to help move natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales. (Columbus Business First)
A new report says Michigan’s oil and gas industry and state regulators have a long way to go to convince the public that fracking is environmentally sound. (Associated Press)
A $40 million revenue shortfall in July and August due to idling rigs and low oil prices is a “wake-up call” for North Dakota lawmakers. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• The total number of mines operating in the U.S. in 2013 hit the lowest point on record, according to a new EIA report. (Climate Central)
• An Ohio agency is studying removing a dam on the Cuyahoga River next to an old coal plant to improve water quality. (Idea Stream)
A major shipping route on the Ohio River used to transport coal and other resources is experiencing major traffic delays. (Wall Street Journal)

POLITICS:
• Democrats believe their sweeping clean-energy bill will be a major draw for voters in 2016. (Greenwire)
Going beyond Keystone, Hillary Clinton releases a broader energy policy that involves modernizing aging infrastructure. (Washington Post)

VW POLLUTION CASE: Adding to the list, attorneys in Missouri file a class-action lawsuit against the automaker on behalf of all Missouri residents who bought diesel VW cars. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TECHNOLOGY: FirstEnergy’s utilities use smart phones and new software to better restore power after storms or outages. (TD World)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin resident’s visit to Alaska indicates a need for action on climate change. (Appleton Post-Crescent)

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