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Developer says new 895-megawatt coal plant in Kansas now unlikely

COAL: A plan to build an 895-megawatt coal plant in southwest Kansas appears to be dead, and the developer is writing off as a loss more than $93 million it has already spent on the project. (Lawrence Journal-World)

PIPELINES: A state pipeline safety board in Michigan is asking Michigan Technological University to perform a risk analysis of the Line 5 pipeline after a contract with a company was canceled over conflict of interest issues. (Michigan Radio, Midwest Energy News archives)

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NORTH DAKOTA: With oil, coal, natural gas, wind and solar development, officials say North Dakota is a diverse energy-production state. (Forum News Service)

UTILITIES: Missouri regulators are opening proceedings to look further into emerging issues in utility regulation, particularly distributed generation. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
• Elected and union officials in two Ohio cities say provisions in the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard are “jeopardizing hundreds of good-paying jobs” at a nearby independent refinery. (Toledo Blade)
• Developers hope to start construction in 2019 on a 1,000-megawatt natural gas plant in southern Michigan. (Battle Creek Enquirer)
• The former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio takes a job with the American Petroleum Institute to promote natural gas development. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• An Illinois county is developing solar regulations based on interest for large projects by the developer Cypress Creek Renewables. (Rockford Register Star)
• The company also has plans for a 2 megawatt development in mid-Michigan. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)
• Officials dedicate a new 1 megawatt solar project in Wisconsin. (WEAU)

CLIMATE: That major companies who supported the Paris climate agreement also donated to Republican groups that challenge U.S. climate policies “speaks … to the difficulties for corporations trying to navigate the political system in a country that’s polarized — particularly on climate change.” (Center for Public Integrity)

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GRID: For regional grid operators, integrating higher levels of renewable energy brings both planning and operational challenges. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An advanced energy advocate says Michigan — “with more than 28,500 jobs in the advanced transportation industry … is uniquely positioned to lead in this emerging sector.” (Detroit News)
• The New York Times writes that it is “irresponsible” for the Trump administration to “give false promises” to the fading coal industry.
• An editorial in Michigan says further studying the risks posed by an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac “will mean more headlines, but does nothing to address the obvious.” (Port Huron Times Herald)

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