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Energy Dept. report author says she was pressured to play up impact of regulations

COAL: At an event in Chicago, the author of a Department of Energy reliability report says she was pressured to play up claims that regulations were to blame for coal plants closing. (Forbes)

ALSO:
• Ohio coal magnate Bob Murray, who donated heavily to both Donald Trump’s and Rick Perry’s presidential campaigns, would benefit significantly from a Energy Department plan to support coal and nuclear plants. (Houston Chronicle)
• FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee met with Ohio-based FirstEnergy last week to discuss federal plans to support coal and nuclear plants. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• Long-term prospects are still bleak for the U.S. coal industry one year after President Trump was elected on a promise to revive it. (Reuters)
A Missouri utility seeks to retire one of its main coal plants a decade early as it adds more wind power. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A Michigan utility seeks to reduce the property taxes it’s paying for its coal plants. (Monroe News)

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WIND:
• The Senate version of a proposed tax reform bill preserves the production tax credit for wind energy. (Reuters)
• A Wisconsin cooperative celebrates completion of a 98 MW wind farm. (La Crosse Tribune)

CLIMATE: An alliance of states, cities, businesses and universities says it is committed to combating climate change, but will still need some help at the federal level to reach the goals of the Paris climate accord. (New York Times, Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• Amazon is seeking a discount on its utility bills as it plans 12 more data centers in central Ohio. (Columbus Business First)
• At a utility conference, DTE Energy’s CEO says the company plans to continue pursuing clean energy. (Daily Energy Insider)

COAL ASH: Homeowners along an Indiana river are concerned about the impacts a coal ash spill could have. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

SOLAR: Officials in a Missouri county debate whether a solar farm on land deeded back to a city should be required to pay property tax. (Waynesville Daily Guide)

EFFICIENCY: A proposed net zero development near Chicago would use solar and geothermal to provide all the energy needs for 500 homes. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

PIPELINES:
• The Department of Justice says it will prosecute protesters who damage pipelines and other energy infrastructure. (Reuters)
• Michigan agencies will host three public feedback sessions on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• InsideClimate News talks with former Standing Rock Sioux leader Dave Archambault about the tribe’s effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

OIL AND GAS:
• Protesters gather at a Marathon refinery in Detroit urging the company to relocate nearby residents who are concerned about pollution. (Detroit News)
• A landowner in North Dakota’s Badlands seeks to protect the scenic area from oil and gas development. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A geologist says a proposed injection well in Kansas won’t pose an earthquake risk. (Lawrence Journal World)

ELECTRIC CARS: A study by a Michigan researcher finds gasoline cars would need to average 55.4 mpg to compete with electric cars on efficiency. (Detroit Free Press)

BIOENERGY: A Wisconsin county plans to stop generating electricity from landfill gas and instead sell it for use as transportation fuel. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A Minnesota advocate reports from the U.N. Climate Change Conference. (MinnPost)
• An editorial board says if an Illinois bill to support Dynegy’s coal plants comes back, “lawmakers should drive a stake through its heart.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An advocate challenges an Ohio newspaper’s support of a proposed “bailout” for FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants. (Energy Collective)
• It may not be possible to persuade conservatives on climate change. (Vox)

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