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Xcel Energy to pass wind energy milestone with new project in South Dakota

• As Illinois environmental officials work out a plan with Dynegy to redesign pollution limits for financially struggling coal plants, advocates are concerned the new rules could shutter cleaner-burning plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Officials with CMS Energy Corp., the parent company of Consumers Energy in Michigan, tout the economic and environmental benefits of transitioning from coal to natural gas. (SNL)

OIL AND GAS: Amid ongoing debates over moving crude oil by rail versus pipelines, two new studies offer insight into the economics, health impacts and risks of the two options. (Midwest Energy News)

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NUCLEAR: Entergy and Consumers Energy abandon plans to close the Palisades nuclear plant in southwest Michigan next year, deciding to fulfill the current power purchase agreement and close the plant in 2022. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Xcel Energy plans to build and own a 300 megawatt wind project in South Dakota, which would put the utility on pace to surpass 10,000 megawatts of wind on its system, or enough to power every home in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Indiana-based Hoosier Energy has nearly completed a $25 million project to build 10 solar arrays across its service territory. (Inside Indiana Business)

GRID: An 18-month study, known as NextGrid, that brings together experts in various energy-related fields begins today in Illinois. (WNIJ)

EMISSIONS: Maryland is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to require power plants in five upwind states, including Indiana and Ohio, to reduce air pollution. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Officials in Madison, Wisconsin will be holding public meetings to receive input on how the city can transition to 100 percent renewables. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BIOFUELS: Iowa biofuels groups are concerned that the U.S. EPA is poised to “rip the heart out” of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. (Radio Iowa)

STORAGE: U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota is one of two sponsors of a bill that would dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars for funding toward energy storage research. (Energy Storage News)

CLIMATE: A new report finds extreme weather, made worse by climate change, and the health impacts of burning fossil fuels has cost the U.S. economy at least $240 billion a year over the past 10 years. (National Geographic)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Trump administration is expected to issue a scaled back version of the Clean Power Plan within the next two weeks(E&E News)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of the American Wind Energy Association says Missouri is missing out on clean energy jobs due to policies that limit the ability of utility regulators to approve infrastructure projects. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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