Trump’s coal bailout plan falters over cost concerns

COAL: Sources say the White House has shelved a plan to prop up uneconomic coal plants by invoking national security concerns, in part because “the political will to pay for it is not broadly there.” (Politico)

ALSO: An Illinois official says a permit for a proposed coal mine is expected to be issued this fall, while opponents have long said the project threatens a nearby scenic river. (News-Gazette, Energy News Network archive)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Coast Guard establishes a no-anchor zone in the Straits of Mackinac to prevent damage to utility lines and the Line 3 oil pipeline. (MLive)
• A Mackinac Island ferry operator questions why the Line 3 pipeline wasn’t shut down during rough weather in September. (Detroit News)

TRANSMISSION: A decision by federal regulators will help clear the way for a proposed transmission line buried within a railroad corridor from Iowa to Illinois that will help open up markets for wind energy. Background on the project here.

MacArthur and Exelon lay out an action plan on climate

CLIMATE: In a joint op-ed, the president of the MacArthur Foundation and the CEO of Exelon Corporation, both based in Chicago, propose four priorities to fight climate change — including nuclear power. (Time) Disclosure: The MacArthur Foundation is a major funder of the Energy News Network. ALSO: Candidates for an Indiana U.S. Senate seat largely evade a question about climate change at a recent debate. (Journal Gazette)

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UTILITIES:
• A recent Michigan regulatory ruling offers good news and bad news for independent power producers in the state. (Energy News Network)
• Xcel Energy seeks to expand its renewable energy program to Wisconsin customers.

White House largely disregards dire climate warning

CLIMATE: While touting emissions reductions since 2005, the White House largely ignores a new IPCC report warning urgent action is needed to mitigate climate change. (E&E News)

ALSO: Minnesota is more than halfway to a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2027, a new report says. (WCCO)

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BIOFUELS:
• Corn and ethanol producers praise the Trump administration for allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, while oil industry and environmental groups oppose the new rule. (Radio Iowa, The Hill)
• Despite bipartisan support for his plan, President Trump claims at a political rally in Council Bluffs that Democrats will “take away your ethanol.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Washington, D.C., city councilors propose legislation for the city to run off 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators are expected to decide this week on a bonus payment to new residential community solar subscribers, who have largely been left out as developers have focused on larger customers.

In Montana, solar subscription comes with free beer

SOLAR: A Montana brewery is offering free beer to customers who sign up for a community solar array that it is hosting. (Helena Independent Record)

ALSO: Almost 30 percent of an Arizona utility’s solar installations have been in a handful of Phoenix suburbs. (Arizona 100)

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GRID: The largest lithium battery in Colorado — with a capacity of 4 MW — is expected to save a local utility $1 million a year.

Investigation questions benefits of some California carbon offsets

CLIMATE POLICY: An investigation finds many transactions in California’s carbon offset market are for improvements that would have happened anyway. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ALSO: A lawsuit in an Oregon federal court led by young plaintiffs, aged 11 to 22, could have broad implications for U.S. climate law. (E&E News)

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WIND:
• New Mexico regulators last week approved a construction permit for a 2,200 MW wind project.