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Michigan now has more lobbyists than legislators working on energy policy

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FUEL CELLS: An Ohio county recently launched a fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses, though industry officials say the state’s sector has much deeper roots as well as policy challenges. (Midwest Energy News)

POLICY: Michigan now has more registered lobbyists than state legislators working to pass comprehensive energy policy. (MLive)

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COAL:
• Industrial air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions are concentrated among a small number of “super polluters,” with the highest concentration found in southwest Indiana, according to new research. (Center for Public Integrity)
• Indiana advocates are pushing to receive federal dollars to reclaim former coal mine sites. (WBOI)

OIL AND GAS:
• Detroit-based DTE Energy says it plans to spend at least $1 billion on new natural gas plants in Michigan to replace shuttered coal plants. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A Michigan township says it is unwilling to pay for a shared hazmat response team because it’s too expensive, one month after 65 barrels of crude oil spilled there. (MLive)

SOLAR: A new study analyzes 30 different approaches utilities have taken to plan for the rise of distributed solar. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Opponents’ argument that the federal rules are unachievable “didn’t fare well” this week with federal judges. (ClimateWire)

HYDRO: Researchers say hydroelectric reservoirs account for more than 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, releasing methane as submerged organic matter decomposes. (Climate Central)

UTILITIES:
• Ameren Missouri says it is prepared to make $1 billion in infrastructure improvements if the state’s rate-setting process is revised. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• A Springfield, Illinois utility says the state has paid off $19 million in late and current electric bills for state buildings. (Associated Press)
• A sub-metering company in Ohio tells state regulators that public hearings on whether such companies should be regulated would be “unnecessary and counterproductive.” (Columbus Dispatch)

POLITICS: It’s unclear what Hillary Clinton’s plan to close the “Halliburton loophole” in hydraulic fracturing would actually mean or how it would pass Congress. (EnergyWire)

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SMART METERS: Kansas regulators say two utilities’ use of smart meters does not appear to present any more danger to ratepayers than previous analog meters did. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Tesla executive says states that don’t allow the company to sell vehicles directly to customers — such as Michigan — are a “very poor candidate for manufacturing operations in the long term.” (MLive)

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