CLEAN ENERGY: The Illinois Senate is poised to pass a sweeping clean energy bill today that phases out fossil fuels, doubles state renewable energy funding and bails out two nuclear plants; Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign it. (WBEZ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors plans to play a more direct role in overseeing battery manufacturing at LG plants to fix problems linked with recent fires in Chevrolet Bolts. (Reuters)
• Honda and Toyota criticize U.S. House Democrats’ proposal to provide an additional $4,500 tax credit for union-made electric vehicles, saying it discriminates against auto workers who choose not to unionize. (Reuters)
• Officials in Saginaw, Michigan, hope the city will become an electric vehicle charging destination as drivers travel north and charging options become more scarce. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A former Wisconsin utility regulator wants the state Supreme Court to intervene in a case challenging a controversial transmission line and an alleged appearance of bias from the former regulator. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: Residents in an Iowa county create a legal defense fund to help defray costs from a potential lawsuit from a wind energy developer. (Globe Gazette)

EMISSIONS: The University of Notre Dame pledges to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. (The Observer)

UTILITIES: A grassroots group is preparing to launch a ballot initiative asking voters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to transition to a municipally owned utility from DTE Energy. (MLive)

PIPELINES: A United Nations committee’s recently announced investigation into possible tribal treaty rights violations involving the Line 3 pipeline gives hope to opponents of the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan. (Northern Express)

SOLAR: A retired University of Notre Dame professor starts a business that trains former inmates to install solar panels. (South Bend Tribune)

OIL & GAS: CenterPoint Energy announces a $250 million plan to improve natural gas infrastructure in southwestern Indiana. (WFIE)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Biden administration is providing funding support to the biofuels sector in a “wide range of ways” in response to industry concerns about recently announced investments in electric vehicles. (Daily Nonpareil)

COMMENTARY:
• The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act poised for final passage this week would establish the state as a “national leader on climate, equity, and support for communities and workers as they transition away from fossil fuels.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The head of the Wisconsin Technology Council says the state’s solar development progress shows President Biden’s 45% solar energy target by 2050 is feasible. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A columnist examines the months-long negotiations over Illinois’ clean energy bill, which ended up including climate change and clean energy as a key focus to the benefit of Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Capitol Fax)

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.