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Michigan utility says repealing Clean Power Plan would not change its course

COAL: In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists finds 2.6 gigawatts of uneconomic coal plants in the Midwest, even after eight years of a relatively high number of plant closures. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: As Michigan researchers set out to formally analyze the risk of of a pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, some advocates say the findings could provide enough evidence for the state to take action to shut it down. (Midwest Energy News)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will repeal the Clean Power Plan today while declaring the “war on coal is over,” ending an Obama-era rule designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. (Reuters)
• Detroit-based DTE Energy says the prospect of repealing the Clean Power Plan does not change its plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. (ABC13 Toledo)
• The announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan was welcomed by officials in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• Rolling back the Clean Power Plan won’t happen overnight, as the administration will need to gather public input and then likely face court challenges. (USA Today)

SOLAR:
• DTE Energy unveils the largest utility-scale solar project in Michigan, a 48-megawatt project spread across 250 acres. (MLive)
• ComEd’s community solar tariff takes effect today after receiving approval from state regulators late last month. (PV Magazine)
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A northern Illinois county is drafting regulations for utility-scale solar projects, examining issues like decommissioning, setbacks and height limitations. (Rockford Register Star)

UTILITIES: A North Dakota regulator says there are “no long-term benefits” for the state if Xcel Energy splits its utility operations in North Dakota and Minnesota. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Minnesota is part of an alliance with other states committed to addressing climate change even as the Trump administration withdraws support. (Yale Environment 360)

GRID:
• Energy analysts say utilities need to start planning for the impacts of electric vehicles on the grid sooner rather than later. (Utility Dive)
• An energy conference this week will examine the future of energy production in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: A blade breaks off of a wind turbine in eastern Michigan, though no injuries are reported. (Huron Daily Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators decline to get involved in a dispute over whether Michigan-based Consumers Energy must transfer ownership of transmission assets to a former subsidiary. (RTO Insider)

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RENEWABLES: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tells a crowd that federal tax credits for wind and solar should be eliminated, saying the technologies should “stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas.” (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• An attorney says the Energy Department’s proposal to support coal and nuclear plants stems from President Trump’s early bidding for coal company Murray Energy. (RTO Insider)
• A new report highlights the transformation of a former coal plant in downtown Lansing, Michigan, as well as the ongoing environmental justice struggle near the site of a former plant in Chicago. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A writer for Vox says the effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan will be a “fiasco” on par with failed efforts against the Affordable Care Act.

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