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Michigan utility agrees to close another major coal plant by 2025

COAL: As part of a settlement agreement with the Sierra Club over environmental violations, Michigan’s largest municipal utility agrees to shut down a second major coal plant by 2025. (Lansing State Journal)

ALSO:
• President Trump’s use of the phrase “clean coal” at a speech in Phoenix this week remains ambiguous and unclear about what he was referring to. (Associated Press)
• A county commission in Ohio wants a company to hold another public hearing for a coal mine it is looking to develop there. (The Athens News)

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GRID:
• A highly anticipated report on grid reliability from the U.S. Department of Energy could lay the groundwork for future support of coal and nuclear plants, though clean energy groups sharply criticized the findings. (New York Times)
• The report also says cheap natural gas has been the “biggest contributor” to coal and nuclear plant closures, not renewables or environmental regulations. (E&E News)
• To the surprise of Nebraska utilities, electricity demand dropped during this week’s solar eclipse rather than increase. (Omaha World-Herald)

WIND: A Minnesota-based trucking company has been heavily involved with transporting wind turbine components for more than a decade. (St. Cloud Times)

PIPELINES: The North Dakota attorney general says local law enforcement did not violate the state’s open records law when it refused to release certain information on the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A group of 27 solar equipment manufacturers — including four from Ohio — write a letter asking the International Trade Commission to reject a call for new import tariffs(Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: The City Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan calls on Congress to put a price on carbon to “help reduce pollution and fight climate change.” (MLive)

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BIOFUELS: The North Dakota Farmers Union is touting the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol in an effort to “bump up demand and prices in the flooded corn market.” (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Michigan-based company that supplies batteries for electric buses announces another round of layoffs. (MLive)
• Meanwhile, LG announces it will spend $25 million to build a new factory near Detroit to produce battery packs for electric vehicles. (Dow Jones Newswires)

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