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This week’s Midwest Energy News: Illinois coal plants will run during bankruptcy, Michigan sets aggressive carbon reduction goals, and more

Map of the MidwestCLIMATE: In an interview with Time magazine, President Obama says climate change will be among the top three priorities for his second term. (The Hill)

MINNESOTA: The future of Excelsior Energy’s proposed coal-to-gas plant in northern Minnesota is even more in doubt as parcels of land the project was to be built on go up for auction in a sheriff’s sale today. (Duluth News Tribune)

POLLUTION: One of the largest industrial polluters in Muscatine, Iowa, a town with a history of air quality problems, says it will meet new EPA particulate requirements ahead of schedule. (Muscatine Journal)

FRAC SAND: A Minnesota town, facing legal pressure from developers, decides to forgo an environmental impact study on a proposed frac sand shipping facility. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: Ann Arbor, Michigan, sets a goal of reducing its carbon emissions 90 percent by 2050. (AnnArbor.com)

COAL: Midwest Generation’s four Illinois coal plants will continue operating as it files for bankruptcy, but observers say it’s only a matter of time before the company’s financial difficulties force the plants to shut down. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says the wind production tax credit is “way down on the list of priorities” for Congress. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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Plus: In an interview with Time magazine, President Obama says climate change will be among the top three priorities for his second term.

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