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Michigan utility pursues new $1 billion natural gas plant

NATURAL GAS: A Michigan utility announces plans for an 1,100 MW natural gas plant at the site of two aging coal plants north of Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

• After months of negotiations and surviving a contentious budget battle in the state legislature, the hard work of enacting Illinois’ comprehensive energy bill is underway. (Midwest Energy News)
• Six entities have been named as funding recipients for job training programs under the new law. (Chicago Defender)

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• Advocates from Illinois were among those urging the EPA this week not to roll back tougher standards for water discharges from power plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa are among 15 states suing the EPA over the delay of stricter ozone standards. (Associated Press)
• Sources say the EPA is preparing to replace the Clean Power Plan with a narrower rule that would center on increasing the thermal efficiency of individual coal plants as a means to reduce carbon emissions. (SNL)

• Despite legislation to phase out net metering, Indiana’s solar market still has bright spots. (PV Magazine)
• Goshen, Indiana is recognized by the Department of Energy for policies making it easier to install solar. (Goshen News)
• A program in an Iowa county to encourage rooftop solar reaches a key benchmark. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

UTILITIES: As merchant generators struggle, the utility regulatory model could start looking a lot more like it did 20 years ago. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Despite high-profile failures in Illinois and Mississippi, hope for a “clean coal” future remains high in North Dakota. (OZY)

• Billionaire pipeline developer Kelcy Warren defends construction work on the Rover pipeline in a letter to U.S. lawmakers. (WDAY)
• North Dakota is still seeking federal funding to cover law enforcement costs related to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

• The governors of Iowa and Nebraska voice support for new EPA biofuel targets. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, KHGI)
• Some ethanol plants are turning to booze and other types of alcohol to diversify their production. (Reuters)

GRID: ComEd seeks support from Illinois regulators to move forward with its Bronzeville microgrid project. (Electric Light & Power)

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ACTIVISM: A Wisconsin professor biked 1,250 miles across three states to promote wind energy. (La Crosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Nebraska activist says the Keystone XL pipeline provides no benefits to the state. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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