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Illinois governor says ‘urgent action’ needed on climate change

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Chicago receives high marks in a report on resiliency planning, but questions remain about whether the city can live up to environmental justice commitments. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says in his State of the State address that “urgent action” is needed this legislative session to address climate change, setting the stage for major clean energy legislation. (WNIJ)

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COAL:
Coal plants are increasingly operating in ways they were not designed to, leading to inefficiencies and costs for ratepayers, according to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana bill to slow coal plant retirements would make it the third state over the past year to pass legislation contrary to energy market forces. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general defends her position in an ongoing case involving anchor supports for Line 5, saying the line should be as secure as possible even as she seeks to decommission the pipeline. (Detroit News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford plans to partner with EV startup Rivian to develop the first fully electric Lincoln model. (Detroit News)

RENEWABLES: Wind and solar installation and maintenance jobs could be an economic spark in rural Iowa communities, a panel of experts says. (Marshalltown Times-Republican)

POLICY: A backlog of rehearing requests for FERC’s recent PJM minimum price rule could leave opponents in a legal “purgatory.” (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: The University of Michigan has yet to meet energy efficiency and emission-reduction targets set for 2025. (MLive)

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says the state should reinvest half of the earnings from an oil-tax savings account to grow it by billions of dollars over the next decade. (Associated Press)
• Some residents bring environmental concerns to state officials over plans for an ethane cracker plant in eastern Ohio. (Wheeling News-Register)

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BIOFUELS: An ethanol advocacy group calls a recent court ruling that may reduce the number of small refinery waivers issued a “bit of good news that we need.” (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker sets the stage for an ambitious statewide clean energy and climate plan that isn’t “written by the utility companies,” advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A former city administrator in Missouri says the Grain Belt Express transmission project would lower utility bills in dozens of communities across the state. (Douglas County Herald)

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