POLICY: Details of a sweeping clean energy bill in Illinois include nearly $700 million in ratepayer subsidies to keep three nuclear plants operating. (WBEZ)

ALSO: Officials at a municipal utility say Illinois lawmakers are too focused on an energy plan that prioritizes clean energy and upstate nuclear energy jobs. (State Journal-Register)

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PIPELINES:
• A proposed natural gas pipeline through a Black farming community in Illinois moves forward despite opposition from some landowners. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• The director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority says Keystone XL’s cancelation “adds a cloud to all new pipeline projects.” (KFYR)
• Protesters gather in Minneapolis to demand that Sen. Amy Klobuchar support the closure of the Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Environmental advocates argue in court that the state of Minnesota erred in granting water permits for the Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)
• Native American contractors working on the Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion say recent protests “intentionally create a false narrative that there is no Native American support for this project.” (Star Tribune)

OHIO:
• Federal prosecutors have reviewed more than 1 million pages of documents as part of its ongoing investigation into the state’s power plant bailout law. (Columbus Dispatch)
• State lawmakers start a bipartisan effort to expel former House Speaker Larry Householder over his alleged role in the corruption investigation. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: A Michigan lawmaker pushing a bill to preempt local governments from instituting local natural gas bans raises ethical concerns based on her close ties to the oil and gas industry. (Bridge Michigan)

SOLAR:
• Planned solar power purchases would move a northern Michigan municipal utility closer to a 50% renewable energy portfolio. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• DTE Energy seeks government grants and donations to cover a portion of the costs of adding 800 MW of solar power. (MLive)
• Ohio regulators approve plans for a 125 MW solar project. (WSAZ)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota regulators will hold a public hearing next month on plans for a carbon capture and storage project at a synthetic fuels plant. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Auto analysts say Ford is breaking new ground with new electric vehicle models aiming to transition the public from gas-powered vehicles. (Michigan Radio)

COAL: A public comment period opens for the planned closure of an Indiana coal ash pond. (News and Tribune)

WIND: Xcel Energy plans to acquire two recently repowered wind projects in Minnesota that will produce a total of 120 MW of capacity. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A former Iowa congressman says “there’s still work to do” to develop more clean energy after the state hit a 60% wind energy milestone. (Des Moines Register)

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.