ILLINOIS: Stakeholders are still hopeful that an ambitious clean energy bill can pass during a special session, but solar companies say they can’t hold out much longer without a new influx of state incentives. (Energy News Network)

• The Prairie State coal plant in Southern Illinois has emerged as a major sticking point in the energy bill negotiations, with dozens of local governments potentially on the hook for payments even if it is forced to close. (Inside Climate News/Chicago Sun-Times)
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker also wants to see additional ethics reforms included in the bill. (NPR Illinois)
• With multiple proposals failing to pass this session under a Democratic legislature and governor, Illinois shows that passing state clean energy legislation remains difficult. (Grist)

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CARBON CAPTURE: EPA Administrator Michael Regan says North Dakota is taking a leading role among states pursuing carbon capture at coal and ethanol plants. (Bismarck Tribune)

• State regulators approve Xcel Energy’s $104.5 million purchase of a 74 MW solar project under development in northwestern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Local advocates tout the potential economic benefits of a planned 375 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (
• Local officials celebrate the opening of a 4.3 MW solar project in northeastern Indiana. (WANE)

• Pipeline opponents gear up for a wave of larger demonstrations as a new phase of construction begins on Line 3 in northern Minnesota. (MinnPost)
• Minnesota crisis centers see an uptick in reports of sexual harassment and violence that officials link to an influx in pipeline workers. (The Guardian)

ELECTRIFICATION: The U.S. has the technology to electrify broad swaths of the economy while relying on greater amounts of wind and solar, according to a new federal study. (Inside Climate News)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators say a new peak pricing program from Consumers Energy will give customers more control over their electric bills. (Bridge Michigan)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford nearly tripled its electric vehicle sales last month compared to the same period last year in part because of growing sales of its electric Mustang. (E&E News, subscription)

HYDROELECTRIC: An Illinois city wants to decommission its nearly 110-year-old hydroelectric plant because it costs too much to operate. (Quad-City Times)

OIL & GAS: Federal regulators approve plans for a 62-mile natural gas pipeline in western North Dakota that officials say will help reduce the flaring of excess gas. (Associated Press)

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.