OIL & GAS: Illinois regulators ask the state attorney general to enforce cleanup action after a pipeline spilled roughly 165,000 gallons of crude oil, some of which flowed into a creek. (Belleville News-Democrat)

• U.S. oil and gas producers face multiple challenges, including labor availability, amid calls to boost production to combat rising prices. (KCUR)
• Suspending Iowa’s state gasoline tax to counter rising prices would cost the state more than $1.8 million a day in revenue. (Longview News-Journal)

• In an order late last week, a federal judge threatened sanctions against FirstEnergy attorneys who refused to answer questions in court about bribes paid to a dark money group. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• The trial date for former House Speaker Larry Householder, who faces racketeering conspiracy charges for his alleged role in a $60 million bribery scheme involving power plant bailouts, is set for January 2023. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Michigan regulators are expected to soon decide whether to approve Enbridge’s request to construct an underground tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

WIND: Southwestern Iowa county officials reject calls for a three- and six-month moratorium on wind development. (KMALand)

COAL: Consumers Energy and environmental advocates both express frustration over an administrative law judge’s recommendation to further study a plan to close a western Michigan coal plant by 2025. (WOOD-TV)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota-based 3M tests a reflective film technology in rooftop panels that it thinks could help dramatically reduce buildings’ cooling costs and energy use. (Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A Michigan resident files recall petitions against every member of a township board related to their ongoing consideration of utility-scale wind and solar regulations. (Greenville Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford executives plan to address auto dealers’ concerns about a proposal to separate the company’s electric and internal combustion businesses. (CNBC)

EMISSIONS: Several large Wisconsin companies and the city of Madison pledge to cut their carbon emissions in half by 2030. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

SOLAR: State regulators will hold a public hearing in early May for a proposed 150 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (Farm and Dairy)

• Proposed Missouri legislation to expand community solar opportunities is a win for customers, grid reliability and economic development, a clean energy advocate says. (Missouri Independent)
• Soaring fuel prices “amplify the urgency” for Ohio to “become more electric vehicle-friendly and invest in public transportation systems that are accessible, affordable, functional and equitable,” an editorial board says. (Columbus Dispatch)

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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.