SOLAR: Construction is underway on downstate Illinois’ first community solar project under the state’s 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Indiana county adopts a solar ordinance that includes a land stewardship provision requiring pollinator-friendly groundcover. (Solar Power World)
• Construction is halfway complete on a 150 MW solar project in eastern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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OHIO:
• An evangelical group’s petition presses anti-abortion lawmakers in Ohio to also oppose fossil fuels as part of a campaign in support of a 100% clean energy standard. (Energy News Network)
• A FirstEnergy customer files a potential class action lawsuit seeking refunds for rate increases related to the state’s $1 billion power plant bailout now at the center of a corruption investigation. (Cleveland.com)
• FirstEnergy CEO Charles Jones said the company acted “transparently, ethically and professionally” as it shifted ownership of two nuclear plants to a subsidiary. (Toledo Blade)
• Ohio House Republicans meet today to decide whether to remove Rep. Larry Householder, who is at the center of the alleged nuclear bailout bribery, as House speaker. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

UTILITIES:
• Following a $1.3 million bribery scandal, ComEd must enact ethics reforms and other policy changes before Chicago will extend the utility’s franchise agreement, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• More than two dozen utilities will participate in a low-income energy assistance fund created by Michigan regulators. (Daily Energy Insider)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A new report outlines more than a dozen recommendations for speeding up Wisconsin’s clean energy transition. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• The more than 130-year-old utility in Superior, Wisconsin, is developing plans for its first solar project and is nearly done with advanced meter installations. (Superior Telegram)

COAL:
• Minnesota’s largest utilities plan to phase out their coal plants by the end of the decade, raising concerns among some local officials about lost tax revenue. (MinnPost)
• Coal ash buried beneath a northwestern Indiana coal plant is seeping into groundwater and harming wildlife, federal officials say. (MLive)
• The economic future is uncertain for southern Indiana’s coal-dependent communities. (Indianapolis Monthly)

OVERSIGHT: A state auditor’s report says the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should be doing more to inform the public about its complex proceedings, including the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (MPR News)

OIL & GAS:
• Marathon would pay $82,000 in fines, invest in air filtration systems and boost data reporting under a consent order with state regulators following an emissions release at its Detroit refinery late last year. (Detroit News)
• Hess Corp. delays plans to expand a natural gas processing plant in North Dakota due to the pandemic. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Canadian National Railroad says a $100 million plan to upgrade and expand its system in Wisconsin will lower transportation emissions by avoiding truck deliveries. (Racine Journal Times)

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POLITICS: The Iowa Farmers Union questions Sen. Joni Ernst’s support for the state’s ethanol sector after she backed pandemic-related aid for the petroleum industry. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A watchdog group says AEP also benefited from the Ohio nuclear bailout law after the company contributed to a nonprofit advocacy group lobbying in support of the bill. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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.