UTILITIES: ComEd is expected to pay a $200 million fine after bribery charges involving lobbying activity with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ALSO: Top officials at parent company Exelon pledge to hold ComEd executives responsible and change the company’s culture. (Chicago Sun-Times)  

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota solar installers say connecting projects to Xcel Energy’s grid is frustratingly slow despite new state interconnection standards. (Energy News Network)
• Indiana utility NIPSCO announces plans for two large solar projects totaling 300 MW. (Inside Indiana Business)

CLEAN ENERGY: Large Indiana oil and gas companies received much more in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans compared to clean energy firms. (Indianapolis Star)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan officials want Enbridge to provide assurances that it would cover the cost of a potential oil spill from Line 5. (MLive)
• Tribes in Michigan say the Line 5 pipeline and proposed tunnel plan threaten their treaty rights in the region that date back nearly 200 years. (MiBiz)

WIND: BP plans to take full ownership of a central Indiana wind project as part of the company’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. (Houston Chronicle)

RENEWABLES: Researchers say renewable energy development can be cost effective for Indiana as utilities retire coal plants. (Herald Republican)

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OIL & GAS: Due to the pandemic, North Dakota oil production dropped 30% in May to a monthly low not seen in seven years. (Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
A clean energy advocate in Michigan says legislation like the Green New Deal will boost distributed generation to help deal with climate-related stresses. (Lansing State Journal)
• As Illinois looks to rebuild its economy after the pandemic and transition from fossil fuels, environmental advocates say “clean energy is a proven tool for economic stimulus.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.