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Supreme Court to hear key pollution case this week

SOLAR: A Kansas utility is proposing that customers who generate their own energy pay a higher fixed charge than other ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

POLLUTION: The Supreme Court will hear arguments on a key pollution rule this week; the ruling could have a major impact on Ohio and other Midwest states. (Bloomberg, Midwest Energy News archive)

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OHIO: A report finds Ohio’s energy law “freeze” has resulted in millions of dollars in negative economic impacts. (Public News Service)

• American Electric Power will close six coal plants by the end of May. (Platts)
• Coal gasification projects across the U.S. experience significant budget overruns. (Watchdog.org)

GRID: How a proposed transmission cable beneath Lake Erie will serve as an “extension cord” as U.S. coal plants retire. (EnergyWire)

• American Electric Power considers selling its barge subsidiary. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Kansas utility will refund $38 million to customers after overcollecting on a fuel surcharge. (Wichita Eagle)
• Michigan regulators announce $22 million in federal grants for low-income utility bill assistance. (Associated Press)

• BP withdraws from the American Legislative Exchange Council. (National Journal)
• Scientists urge science museums to cut ties with fossil fuel philanthropists. (New York Times)

• Scientists begin researching emissions from fracking sites. (Associated Press)
• A former Iowa lawmaker is walking across the state to protest a proposed oil pipeline. (WHO-TV)
• A drilling company is suing an Ohio town for access to water. (Columbus Business First)
• A hearing will be held next week on a proposed North Dakota pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan researchers say electric cars can help reduce the urban heat island effect. (CityMetric)

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EFFICIENCY: How Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program helps utilities become more efficient. (FierceEnergy)

COMMENTARY: What it means for utilities to focus on interactions instead of transactions, and why it may be critical for keeping the lights on. (Utility Dive)

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