Companies drop bid to buy struggling Arizona coal plant

COAL: The two companies considering buying the West’s largest coal plant have dropped their bid to acquire the Arizona facility, which will close next year unless another buyer emerges. (Associated Press)

ALSO: A Montana coal plant is up and running again after air quality problems forced it to shut down two units in July. (KTVQ)

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CLIMATE: Law firms in California and Washington that have defended oil companies over climate change damages are among nine firms that have pledged to work on climate issues for free, raising some suspicions at a recent climate summit.

Coal plants face more uncertainty, retirements

COAL: The two companies considering buying the West’s largest coal plant drop their bid to acquire the Arizona facility, which will close next year unless another buyer emerges. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Recent announcements by utilities in Ohio and Indiana to retire coal plants and add renewables “highlight the change underfoot in the heartland.” (E&E News, subscription)
• Residents in northwest Indiana highlight coal plants’ impacts on low-income and minority communities. (Chicago Crusader)

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HURRICANE FLORENCE:
• Floodwaters inundate a lake at a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant, prompting an emergency alert and concerns about a breach. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina’s solar farms only had minimal storm damage while other parts of the state’s electricity system failed. (InsideClimate News)
• Duke Energy confirms a coal ash spill near Goldsboro, North Carolina, where environmental groups say coal ash is washing into a river.

Minnesota regulators approve 200 MW wind project

SOLAR: Indiana consumer advocates are divided over Vectren’s plan for a $76 million, 50 MW solar project, as some argue the state can’t wait for clean energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Students at a Chicago-area high school generate excitement for solar energy: “It’s the future.” (Daily Southtown)
• The Illinois Solar Tour this weekend features nearly 150 homes in an effort to encourage solar adoption. (Aurora Beacon-News)

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WIND:
• State regulators unanimously approve a 200 MW wind project in southern Minnesota despite pushback from residents over noise. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A southern Michigan township struggles with adopting local wind zoning rules as a utility signs leases for a potential project.

New England grid operator says new power plant not needed

POWER PLANTS: New England’s grid operator will tell FERC it “does not need and does not want” a controversial 1,000 MW natural gas and diesel power plant proposed in northwest Rhode Island, effectively canceling its electricity supply commitment with developer Invenergy. (ecoRI, Uprise RI)

ALSO: At least eight New Jersey towns pass resolutions opposing a proposed 1,200 MW gas-fired power plant that would provide energy to Manhattan, saying it would be “one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey.” (North Jersey Record)

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SOLAR:
• A coalition of solar energy advocates sues Maine’s Public Utilities Commission over new state rules that reduce net metering incentives. (Bangor Daily News)
• A coalition of solar industry groups asks Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to launch a solar development incentive program that has been under review for months, saying a lack of clarity on the issue is hurting the industry. (The Republican)
• Solar power sells for more on Long Island than anywhere else in the continental U.S., largely due to high wholesale power prices in New York City and limited exports to the island, according to a new report.

Flooding causes emergency at N.C. coal plant; solar remains unscathed

HURRICANE FLORENCE:  Floodwaters inundate a lake at a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant, raising concerns about a breach and leading to a high-level emergency alert. (Associated Press)

MORE:
• North Carolina’s solar farms only had minimal damage from Hurricane Florence while other parts of the electricity system failed. (InsideClimate News)
• Duke Energy confirms a coal ash spill at a site near Goldsboro, North Carolina, where environmental groups say coal ash is washing into a nearby river. (News & Observer)
• As South Carolina floodwaters rise, Santee Cooper rushes to prevent 200,000 tons of coal ash from spilling into the Waccamaw River by installing an inflatable dam. (My Horry News)

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