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In Ohio and Illinois, new efforts to support coal and nuclear plants

UTILITIES: Less than a year after state funding for microgrids was rejected by the Illinois legislature, the utility ComEd is turning to ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Dynegy will seek state support for some of its coal plants from Illinois legislators during an upcoming veto session. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• PJM Interconnection could impose new charges to offset the impacts of subsidies for nuclear plants in Illinois. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• An newly introduced Ohio bill would create ratepayer subsidies for struggling nuclear plants. (News-Herald)
• Changes in the way independent power producers are compensated could force a Michigan waste-to-energy plant to close. (MLive)
• The utility serving Springfield, Missouri says repeal of the Clean Power Plan won’t change its focus on cleaner energy. (Springfield News-Leader)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: A Minnesota nonprofit says clean energy jobs in the state grew by 16 percent from 2015-16. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: Rover Pipeline is cited by Michigan authorities for another environmental violation. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS:
• Natural gas is leaking from abandoned wells in Kansas as companies argue over who is responsible for fixing it. (Associated Press)
• An oil company failed to report a nearly 20,000 gallon brine spill in North Dakota until a landowner notified authorities. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• An Ohio Republican says repealing the Clean Power Plan gives the coal industry “at least a fair shake.” (WOSU)
• Ohio utilities are moving forward with coal plant closures despite Trump policy announcements. (Columbus Dispatch)

POLITICS: President Trump nominates a climate denier to lead a White House office that coordinates environmental and energy policies across the government. (Washington Post)

POLICY: FERC’s chairman says he is “sympathetic” to an Energy Department proposal to prop up coal and nuclear plants, but said he wouldn’t support anythingthat could “blow up the market.” (The Hill, Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio newspaper says it is a “shame” that President Trump is abandoning the Clean Power Plan and the Paris accord. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• The CFO of the Unitarian Universalist Association says cutting carbon emissions is good for the economy. (MinnPost)
• An energy expert says repealing the Clean Power Plan can’t save the coal industry and will only make electricity more expensive. (The Hill)

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