UTILITIES: Ohio’s attorney general files a civil lawsuit seeking to block Energy Harbor from receiving any of the $1.3 billion approved under the state’s power plant bailout law at the center of a corruption scandal. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO: Consumer advocates urge grid operator PJM to take action against member companies FirstEnergy and Exelon for their subsidiaries’ alleged role in power plant corruption scandals. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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POLICY: A coalition of labor unions joins negotiations over a new clean energy bill in Illinois, emphasizing well-paying jobs, a just transition for coal workers, and maintaining the state’s nuclear fleet. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer takes executive action pledging to make the state carbon neutral by 2050. (Bridge Michigan)

NUCLEAR: Four Exelon nuclear plants in Illinois eyed for potential early retirements show recently declining financial margins. (S&P Global)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Five years after the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the electric vehicle market has changed drastically and the company aims to be a leader. (E&E News, subscription)

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• Developers detail plans for a 200 MW solar project in southwestern Indiana. (Princeton Daily Clarion)
• An Iowa community college breaks ground on a series of rooftop solar installations across campus. (KIOW)

• A northern Minnesota mayor in support of the Line 3 replacement project asks residents to join a pledge to “listen to one another and seek mutual understanding.” (MinnPost)
• A Minnesota climate activist says the state’s former commerce commissioner was ousted for asking critical questions of the Line 3 pipeline. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Environmental groups claim victory after the Ohio Department of Natural Resources cancels permits for a proposal to create underground fracked gas liquids storage caverns. (Earthjustice)

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.