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Indiana Senate anticipates changes to coal bailout bill

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Community groups in Chicago call for more input and oversight on plans to redevelop a former coal plant site, raising concerns that a planned distribution hub will cause more air pollution. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: Advocates say a former Democratic lawmaker recently appointed to the Missouri Public Service Commission can help lead action on clean energy policies. (Energy News Network)

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COAL:
• As Indiana Senate lawmakers consider changes to a bill that would slow coal plant retirements, an analysis says keeping them open longer would not help with reliability. (CBS 4, Chicago Tribune)
• The Federal Trade Commission challenges a proposed merger between St. Louis-based companies Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, saying the move would harm consumers. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A Wisconsin board votes to move forward with plans to seek federal approval to regulate the storage of toxic coal ash from power plants. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri files plans with state regulators to spend $7.6 billion through 2024 on grid modernization, wind energy and one million smart meters. (S&P Global)

POLITICS: Elizabeth Warren becomes the third Democratic presidential candidate to call for shutting down the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan, joining Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. (MLive)

SOLAR: JPMorgan Chase plans to install solar carports at an office complex in Columbus, Ohio. (WSYX)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• FirstEnergy plans to buy 250 electric pickup trucks from Ohio EV startup Lordstown Motors. (CNET)
• The Car & Truck Show in Milwaukee is giving visitors a close look at various EV models. (WUWM)

CLEAN ENERGY: Tribal officials in Wisconsin seek to develop their own clean energy projects but remain occupied with other environmental issues. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• A freight train carrying crude oil derails in northwestern Indiana, though no injuries or spilled oil was reported. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A company looks to expand a processing facility and add capacity to a natural gas liquids pipeline from the Bakken region to Kansas. (Bismarck Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: Indiana officials encourage entities to apply for grant funding to convert fleets to alternative fuels. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

COMMENTARY: The proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act in Illinois would help prevent rate increases anticipated from a recent capacity ruling by federal regulators, according to a consumer advocacy group. (Energy News Network)

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