OHIO: Federal agents arrest Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others accused of accepting $60 million in bribes from an Akron utility to support a $1 billion bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear plants. (Dayton Daily News)

ALSO:
• The money was allegedly used to enrich the defendants and funneled to political candidates who would support Householder’s election as Speaker. (NPR)
• A spokesperson for FirstEnergy, which is not named in the complaint, confirmed that it has received subpoenas and will “fully cooperate.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• Gov. Mike DeWine calls for Householder’s resignation while clean energy advocates say the power plant bailout law should be re-examined or repealed. (Cleveland.com)
• Read previous Energy News Network coverage on the web of dark money spending surrounding Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES: Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy announces a net zero emissions electricity goal by 2050, saying it will deliver billions of dollars in savings for customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

HYDROELECTRIC: The manager of a southern Minnesota hydroelectric dam says it will end its lease as repair costs mount for the local government. (Mankato Free Press)

SOLAR:
• A northern Michigan municipal utility considers proposals for multiple solar projects, including a 9 MW array. (Traverse City Ticker)
• Central Indiana officials delay action on a countywide moratorium on utility-scale solar projects, opening a brief window for potential development. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Plans for a major solar project in northwestern Indiana face opposition from some nearby landowners. (WNDU)

OIL & GAS: Seven former and current employees file a lawsuit against the developer of a planned oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota claiming they are owed wages and bonuses. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• EV startup Rivian bolsters its lobbying team to push Congress for tax incentives, block various fees on drivers and ask states to allow direct vehicle sales to customers. (E&E News, subscription)
• Automakers are yet to significantly compete with Tesla in the electric vehicle market. (New York Times)

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POLITICS: The Democratic Senate hopeful from Iowa criticizes incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst’s ethanol record after previously accepting campaign contributions from oil industry officials. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board routinely criticized the state bailout bill at the center of a bribery scandal, highlighting a “legislative system that rewards deep-pocketed lobbyists and dark-money contributors.” (Cleveland.com)
• An advocate says Minnesota Power’s long-term energy plan has a chance to “unify and focus teamwork” in the region to promote clean energy and address climate change. (Duluth News Tribune)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.