NUCLEAR: An Illinois Republican lawmaker says Exelon’s threats to shut down two nuclear plants later this year if an agreement isn’t reached to subsidize them is “not a bluff.” (Chicago Tribune)

OHIO: Ohio’s former top energy regulator helped draft provisions in a statewide power plant subsidy bill that guaranteed FirstEnergy an estimated $355 million in profits over five years, according to a statement of facts signed by the utility’s CEO and federal prosecutors. (Ohio Capital Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Thirty-two Minnesota lawmakers call on a state agency to temporarily suspend Enbridge’s Line 3 permits after nine drilling fluid spills have been reported along the project during a widespread drought. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke on tribes’ ongoing protests against Line 3: “We’re gonna stand here and fight it out.” (Slate)
• Several bands will headline a music festival in Duluth next month in protest of the Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)
• Indigenous activists on a cross-country journey to highlight sacred tribal sites make their final stop in northern Michigan to call for the shutdown of Line 5. (Michigan Advance)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota regulators approve permits for a pipeline that will transport carbon dioxide emissions from a synthetic fuels plant to an underground storage site. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: A developer appeals a decision by state regulators to reject plans for a northern Ohio wind project. (Fremont News Messenger)

CLIMATE: A years-long effort to incorporate climate change impacts into Minnesota’s environmental review process could face delays after pushback from groups concerned about potentially higher building costs. (MPR News)

OVERSIGHT: Departing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Neil Chatterjee says his handling of a Trump-era push to elevate the value of coal and nuclear plants caused the issue to spiral into partisan politics. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials unveil Bismarck, North Dakota’s first two fast-charging electric vehicle stations. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• County officials in northern Ohio consider plans for a 120 MW solar project that’s received both support and opposition from the community. (WTOL)
• Plans move forward for a 320 MW solar project in Kansas, which would be the largest in the state. (Shawnee Mission Post)
• Local officials have problems electrifying an Indiana solar project, which caused outages for nearby customers, including a manufacturing facility. (Pharos Tribune)

BIOFUELS: More than 40 U.S. ethanol plants pledge to help the Biden administration reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Farm and Dairy)

OIL & GAS: A Kansas natural gas utility asks state regulators for a $10.2 million rate increase to help fund infrastructure improvements. (Kansas Reflector)

COMMENTARY: Indiana clergy members applaud the state’s U.S. senators for supporting a bill that breaks down barriers for farmers participating in carbon markets, but say much more climate action is needed. (Indianapolis Star)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.