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Michigan brewery sues over oil spill cleanup plans

OIL: Submerged oil remains a threat in the Kalamazoo River three years after a major pipeline spill, and a Michigan brewery sues Enbridge over dredging plans. (InsideClimate News, MLive.com)

EFFICIENCY: How a growing demand response industry helped keep the lights on in the PJM Interconnection during a recent East Coast heat wave, and Republicans attack industry-approved efficiency standards for ceiling fans. (Greenwire, Greentech Media)

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COAL: Dynegy seeks a pollution waiver for five Illinois coal plants it recently purchased from Ameren, and a Michigan utility disputes an environmental group’s report that its coal plants are harming waterways. (St. Louis Business Journal, MLive.com)

ALSO: Why Germany is still building coal plants amid its renewable energy revolution. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: Xcel Energy ends its purchase agreement with a controversial proposed wind farm in Minnesota, state regulators may pull the project’s permit later this month. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NATURAL GAS: A blowout and fire on a natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico has renewed calls for restrictions on offshore drilling. (Associated Press, The Hill)

POLITICS: Congressional letters of support for Keystone XL contain language from industry lobbyists, an increasingly common practice; and a new poll finds three-fourths of young voters consider some Republicans’ rejection of climate science “ignorant, out of touch or crazy.” (Bloomberg, The Guardian)

ELECTRIC CARS: Competing charging standards, reminiscent of the VHS vs. Betamax fight, place electric car investments at risk; and a Michigan car show highlights 125 years of electric vehicles. (ClimateWire, Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR: The Missouri solar industry says a fraudulent installer may have caused a premature cutoff in the state’s rebate program. (Greentech Media)

MINNEAPOLIS: Xcel Energy says it is working more aggressively than the city of Minneapolis to address climate change, and setting up a municipal utility wouldn’t be in the city’s best interest. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ETHANOL: Subpar growing conditions along with increased production at ethanol plants mean Iowa will have to import corn this year to meet demand. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin bill to restrict stray voltage lawsuits would place an additional burden on farmers. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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