Days after receiving a permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to begin construction, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. has announced that a planned coal-fired power plant is being delayed indefinitely. The plan, which was to be built 50 miles east of Excelsior Springs, has been delayed for a several reasons: (1) initial cost estimates for the plant was just under $1 billion but had soared to approximately $1.7 billion; (2) the potential for federal legislation that would aim to reduce CO2 emissions: and (3) a potential loan from the Rural Utilities Service fell through due to the increased cost and regulatory uncertainty.