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Idaho Power gets OK for coal plant project, must give quarterly updates in case rules change

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Power Co. got the green light Monday to spend tens of millions to clean up its Wyoming coal-fired power plant, and regulators want quarterly updates on whether emission-control investments are making sense amid expected changes to federal environmental rules. The decision by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission aims to ensure the state's biggest utility isn't locked into completing the estimated $130 million project if alternatives to coal emerge as better for ratepayers.

UPDATE 2-Buffett's MidAmerican, Sierra Club in coal settlement

* To stop burning coal at some plants by 2016 * May convert in some cases to natural gas * Sierra Club threatened suit last July Jan 22 (Reuters) - Utility company MidAmerican Energy Co said it has reached a settlement with the Sierra Club over power plant emissions, which includes a pledge to stop burning coal at certain plants over the next few years.
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