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PJM says Energy Department plan to support coal, nuclear plants against the law

POLICY:
• Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission say the Trump administration’s plan to support coal and nuclear plants would raise prices and distort the market. (Associated Press)
• Grid operator PJM says the Energy Department’s plan is “simply unworkable” and “contrary to law.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WIND:
• A stalled wind project in northeast Nebraska will be resurrected and bigger than initially planned after Facebook announced it would buy energy from it. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Local officials in a central Indiana county debate potential changes to allowable noise levels from wind turbines. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)

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COAL: Researchers at the University of Michigan find the lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from fracking. (Phys.org)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A St. Louis suburb is launching a free electric cab pilot program for downtown visitors. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The Department of Energy announces $15 million for research projects on batteries and electric vehicle technology that enable extreme fast charging of 15 minutes or less. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• A group of U.S. lawmakers asks the Department of Justice whether activists’ shutting down oil pipelines constitutes domestic terrorism. (Reuters)
• A 12-foot-tall mile marker built as the centerpiece of last year’s sprawling Dakota Access pipeline protest is going on display at the Smithsonian. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Officials in southern Michigan, where a major solar project is planned, draw comparisons to the largest project in the state that recently came online. (Sturgis Journal)
• Xcel Energy unveils a new solar project at an abandoned landfill in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. (WEAU)

ELECTRIC CHOICE: Illinois regulators approve new rules to better protect electric choice customers, including requiring suppliers to make more detailed disclosures about clean energy options. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS: A gas pipeline explosion in northeast Ohio leads to one death and the evacuation of a nearby neighborhood. (Canton Repository)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board says FirstEnergy’s plan to support two of its nuclear plants with zero-emissions credits “remains necessary, if Ohio is going to do its part to address climate change.” (Akron Beacon Journal)

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