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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Pew report shows benefits (and need) for coherent energy policy, Chicago boosts its battery power, and more

Map of the MidwestTECHNOLOGY: With a new battery research hub established at nearby Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago seeks to lead the nation on electric vehicles. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Opponents of an Indiana utility’s plan to spend $500 million upgrading coal plants protest outside a regulatory hearing. (Indianapolis Star)

WIND: The Wisconsin Towns Association calls for a moratorium on new wind farms, citing a recent noise report. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL: Murray Energy, which made headlines for blaming layoffs on President Obama’s re-election, is calling back workers to an Ohio coal mine. (The New Republic)

GREEN ECONOMY: A new Pew Center report says the Midwest has the potential for a thriving clean energy industry, but only if coherent policies are enacted at the state and federal level. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: The Midwest has emerged as a national leader in energy efficiency, but advocates at a recent conference in Chicago warn that innovative thinking will be required if the trend is to continue; sales of LED bulbs are soaring, expected to surpass incandescents in North America by 2014; and energy efficiency is a hot topic at a Missouri home show. (Midwest Energy News, New York Times, Springfield News-Leader)

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Plus: Murray Energy, which made headlines for blaming layoffs on President Obama’s re-election, is calling back workers to an Ohio coal mine.

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