OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine shifts course and calls for the state’s nuclear bailout law at the center of a $60 million bribery scandal to be repealed and replaced through a process the “public can have full confidence in.” (Toledo Blade)

ALSO:
• Clean energy advocates say repealing HB 6 would be a start, but more reforms are needed to address lawmakers’ yearslong effort to prevent the growth of renewables in the state. (Energy News Network)
• FirstEnergy CEO Charles Jones, whose role in the controversy is unclear, says in a quarterly earnings call that the company “acted ethically” in connection to the legislation. (E&E News, Cleveland.com)
• The freshman Republican sponsor of HB 6 who was appointed to an energy committee chairmanship after taking office says he feels “betrayed” by the alleged actions to get the bill passed. (WOIO)

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ILLINOIS: During ComEd’s eight-year bribery scheme in Illinois, the amount of state-approved revenue the utility collected to deliver power increased more than 30%, according to an analysis. (WBEZ)

PIPELINES: Vessels performing work for Enbridge’s planned tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac may have recently damaged a portion of the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin regulators extend a statewide moratorium on utility disconnections until September 1, citing COVID-19 concerns. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois proposes a plan to help transition coal-reliant communities that includes expanding Medicare to laid-off coal workers and guaranteeing free higher education to miners and their families. (Reuters)
• The closing of a major North Dakota coal plant has reignited tension in the state between fossil fuels and renewable energy. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A study suggests local and state officials in North Dakota should develop a uniform permitting process for radioactive oilfield waste disposal facilities. (Bismarck Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Larry Johnson — a longtime farmer, board member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and “pivotal figure in the growth of ethanol” — has died. He was 76. (Star Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Local officials celebrate the opening of an electric vehicle charging station along the I-94 corridor in Minnesota. (Alexandria Echo Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says no one involved in the Ohio nuclear bailout scheme “should be permitted to escape justice.” (Marietta Times)
• A utility watchdog group says Ohio is the “latest example of monopoly utility companies deceiving lawmakers, regulators, and the public to enrich executives and shareholders. (Energy and Policy Institute)
A former locomotive engineer says shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline would add eight oil trains a day to North Dakota’s rail system and wouldn’t threaten crop shipments. (Bismarck Tribune)

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.