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)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.