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Coal plant's future still uncertain

One issue the Legislature won't have to fight about this session is coal, thanks to a deal brokered last May by Gov. Mark Parkinson to build an 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas in exchange for passage of renewable-energy legislation. But whether the plant actually gets built still may depend on the courts, federal regulation and whether its financing holds up. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has submitted a new permit application to the state.