Midwest Energy News

Illinois ratepayer advocates file federal complaint against ComEd

UTILITIES:
• Illinois’ Citizens Utility Board files a complaint in federal court claiming ComEd continues to benefit from an alleged bribery scheme after admitting wrongdoing in a deferred-prosecution agreement. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• North Dakota regulators prepare for public hearings on Montana-Dakota Utilities’ proposed rate increase to pay for natural gas reliability projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Southern Michigan landowners see leasing land for a planned 150 MW solar project as a way to maintain a farming legacy. (Monroe News)
• Officials in Superior, Wisconsin, narrowly approve plans for a solar garden project following a dispute over the project’s design. (Superior Telegram)
• Developers expect to complete a 1.6 MW solar project for an Illinois wastewater treatment plant in June. (Danville Commercial-News)
• A recently completed community solar project in northwestern Illinois includes pollinator habitat and native plant species. (KWQC)

OHIO: FirstEnergy hires a new chief legal officer and senior vice president after former officials were “separated” from the company amid the HB 6 scandal. (Akron Beacon Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Some Canadian government officials and business advocates maintain pressure on Michigan to keep the Line 5 pipeline operating. (Globe and Mail)
• TC Energy looks to add 80,000 barrels per day of capacity to the Keystone pipeline system by 2023, which could depend in part on the Keystone XL project moving forward. (S&P Global)
• Officials in Oberlin, Ohio, file an appeal challenging the use of eminent domain to build the Nexus gas pipeline. (Oberlin News-Tribune)

OIL & GAS: A $1.1 billion bonding package unveiled in North Dakota would finance infrastructure projects and use oil tax revenue to pay for the borrowed money. (Associated Press)

GRID: Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois completes the final span of a $1.4 billion transmission project spanning 375 miles. (Power Technology)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota clean water advocates say copper should be sourced responsibility to support renewable energy projects. (MinnPost)
• Solar energy is poised to take off in Ohio with the promise of cleaner energy and economic development, an editorial board says. (Columbus Dispatch)

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