Another Colorado utility plans to go carbon-free

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ALSO:
• A Colorado electric co-op that wants to sever ties with its power provider has asked state utility regulators to intervene in the dispute, which is being driven by the rural utility’s desire for more clean energy. (Colorado Sun)
• Abandoned mines throughout the West are increasingly being eyed as potential clean energy sites.

EPA: Coal rule change unlikely to spur new power plants

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• The Trump administration moves to eliminate an Obama-era requirement that new coal plants use expensive technology to capture carbon emissions. (NPR)
• An economic analysis by the EPA acknowledges that the rule change is unlikely to spur any new coal plant construction. (The Hill)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The rural Midwest benefits more from clean energy jobs in wind, solar and energy efficiency than fossil fuels, a new report says.

Report: Clean energy boosting job growth in rural Midwest

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MICROGRIDS: A delegation from West Africa crisscrossed Illinois last week to learn how microgrids can help integrate renewables and bolster electric reliability. (Energy News Network)

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Maine wind project waits in the wings

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ALSO:
• Officials for the Canadian utility backing the transmission project say the company has enough hydropower capacity to guarantee the electricity sent to New England is clean and renewable. (Portland Press Herald)
• Developers say they will begin construction on a long-delayed hydropower transmission project from Quebec to New York City in 2020.

Louisiana judge: Bayou Bridge Pipeline can seize private property

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• A Louisiana judge rules that Energy Transfer Partners trespassed but has the right to seize private property to build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (Times-Picayune)
• Virginia environmental groups will conserve a small park with Mountain Valley Pipeline development money paid to offset forest damage from construction. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• The CEO of TVA says the utility will keep replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas, nuclear, and renewables.