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Indiana judge tosses lawsuit seeking legislator’s correspondence with utilities

TECHNOLOGY: After struggling to find its footing a few years ago, Michigan has emerged as a leader in advanced battery storage systems. (Midwest Energy News)

OPEN RECORDS: An Indiana judge has thrown out an environmental group’s lawsuit that sought correspondence between a top-ranking legislator and utilities in connection with a proposed net-metering bill. (Indiana Public Media)

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GASOLINE: Problems at a BP refinery in Indiana are causing gas prices to rise throughout the Great Lakes area. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: A bad gamble on metallurgical coal at the peak of the market, rather than environmental rules, is to blame for pushing some coal companies into bankruptcy. (SNL)

PIPELINE SAFETY: Enbridge is partnering with Michigan researchers to better monitor water currents as a safety precaution in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS: An Ohio judge rejects an energy pipeline company’s request for a temporary restraining order to access properties for survey work along the proposed route. Additional landowners file suit claiming the company’s surveyors damaged their property. (Medina Gazette)

EMISSIONS: Seventeen states sue the EPA over a recent rule that changes the way states are required to address air pollution during plant startups and shutdowns. (Greenwire)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Under standards developed after the first draft of the plan was released, coal states say they are being unfairly burdened with stricter goals. (EnergyWire)
PJM says the pace at which plant retirements must be made could impact grid reliability. (UtilityDive)

KEYSTONE XL: An analysis of the federal pipeline approval process shows a decision on Keystone XL is taking far longer than normal. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Advocacy groups are pushing St. Louis County officials to maintain building codes that promote less energy usage. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND:
• Local officials approve plans by a Minnesota company to start testing sites in South Dakota for a new wind farm. (The Daily Republic)
State regulators are still deciding whether to approve a $900 million Iowa project. (KCCI-TV) 

BIOFUELS: Two U.S. senators from Illinois express support for additional federal funding to support the state’s biofuels industry. (Biofuels Digest)

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ELECTRIC CARS: A Ford Motor Co. survey of 10,000 electric vehicle owners shows 90 percent of them have no plans to return to a gasoline-burning car. (Gas2)

COMMENTARY:
• DTE Energy is ignoring the benefits that deregulation can bring to Michigan ratepayers. (Detroit News)
Proposed federal ozone rules could cost Michigan thousands of jobs. (Detroit News)

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