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Will Richard Daley, Chicago’s outgoing ‘green’ mayor, help quash coal pollution?

Will Richard Daley's last month in office be marred by two old coal plants?Photo: Kate GardinerCross-posted from Midwest Energy News. A long-stalled Chicago ordinance that could force the city's two aging coal-burning power plants to greatly reduce emissions or shut down now has enough backing to pass at the city council's next meeting. But proponents aren't declaring victory yet. The ordinance must first pass a joint committee hearing Thursday. And if the full city council does vote it into law when it meets May 4, it would likely face a legal challenge which even its most important council backer says …


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Here's one way to prevent local wind-farm fights

A wind turbine near a home in rural Lee County, Illinois.Photo: Mark EllisThis is an abridged version of a story that originally appeared on Midwest Energy News. This year, a new Wisconsin state law takes effect* that wind energy advocates call an important step -- and even a national model -- for alleviating the chaotic and shifting patchwork of municipal and county siting regulations that can create great uncertainty and moving goalposts for wind developers. The rule, drafted by the state's Public Service Commission at the behest of state legislators, sets a limit on how stringent siting and other regulations …

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