POLICY: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces sweeping legislation in response to the ComEd bribery scandal that includes stricter transparency standards for the state’s main utility watchdog. (WBEZ)

ALSO: The proposal also incorporates elements from competing clean energy bills and calls for short-term subsidies for two nuclear plants in an attempt to balance interests of clean energy advocates and labor unions. (Chicago Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• A planned 500 MW solar in Kansas would by far be the largest in the state that has generally lagged in solar development. (Shawnee Mission Post)
• An Indiana school district considers installing solar at two elementary schools that could save up to $90,000 a year in electricity costs. (Journal Review)
• Critics say a utility’s proposed tariff for solar-generating customers could thwart solar development in South Dakota. (Rapid City journal)
• A growing number of Ohio farmers see financial stability through land leases for utility-scale solar projects. (Farm and Dairy)

PIPELINES:
• Shutting down the Line 5 pipeline could further strain ties between the U.S. and Canada, which has increasingly stepped up pressure to keep the line open in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)
• An Upper Peninsula-based tribe is challenging a Michigan agency’s permit allowing Enbridge to build a tunnel for Line 5. (news release)

STORAGE: University of Minnesota researchers seek additional funding to explore the use of ammonia for energy storage. (MinnPost)

BIOFUELS: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoes a bill that would have required additional labeling for gas pumps that distribute ethanol. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois plans to distribute $15 million to two downstate community colleges for electric vehicle manufacturing and renewable energy training programs. (State Journal-Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Toyota plans to add 1,400 jobs at an Indiana manufacturing plant to build a new electrified SUV model. (CNN)

OIL & GAS:
• Additional processing and high gas-to-oil ratios may lead to short-term natural gas production growth in the Bakken region. (S&P Global)
• A nationwide trucking workforce shortage could disrupt available supplies of gasoline for consumers. (NBC News)

UTILITIES: The finalist for the CEO position at Omaha Public Power District has been with the utility for four years and currently serves as its CFO. (KETV)

BIOENERGY: NextEra Energy is working with a developer to build Minnesota’s first landfill renewable natural gas production facility. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Restrictions on how rural school districts can spend revenue from wind development has limited the impact on student achievement, researchers find. (The Conversation)

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.