• A jury finds all four defendants guilty of bribery conspiracy in a case involving former ComEd executives accused of arranging jobs, contracts and money for allies of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in exchange for favorable legislation. (Chicago-Sun-Times)
• Illinois Republicans call for ethics reforms to fix a culture of corruption in Springfield following Tuesday’s guilty verdicts. (WAND)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transition to electric vehicles is creating new business opportunities for Minnesota electricians to upgrade at-home charging options for drivers. (Energy News Network)

Sponsored Link
Electric School Buses: The Opportunity for Michigan
Please join the Electrification Coalition and World Resources Institute for a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday, May 10 on the wide-ranging benefits of electric school buses and Michigan’s window of opportunity to accelerate deployment. Register today!

CARBON CAPTURE: Environmental groups rally at the Illinois Capitol to call on lawmakers to pass legislation regulating the carbon capture and storage industry. (State Journal-Register)

COAL: Indiana environmental groups call on Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto a bill that would prevent the state from adopting coal ash regulations that are stricter than federal rules. (Indiana Public Broadcasting)

WIND: Local officials consider a developer’s plan for a 360 MW wind project in eastern Iowa that would include 600-foot-tall turbines typically used for offshore projects. (Muscatine Journal)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: After a Minneapolis trash incinerator lost its renewable energy designation under a recent state law, environmental justice advocates are calling for a speedier closure of the facility. (Sahan Journal)

CLIMATE: A new Indiana University program will provide technical assistance to rural communities seeking federal climate change resilience funding. (Indianapolis Star)

EMISSIONS: Environmental groups are concerned that so-called natural gas peaker plants will be treated differently and face less stringent carbon emissions rules from the EPA’s forthcoming power plant regulations. (E&E News)

• The Menominee Nation in Wisconsin trains dozens of volunteers on how to install and operate solar panels as the tribe pursues sovereignty through clean energy projects. (Press-Gazette)
• Northern Illinois township officials object to plans for a 5 MW solar project, saying it would conflict with long-term development plans. (Shaw Local)
• Township residents in Michigan vote to approve restrictions on utility-scale solar projects that would essentially prohibit developments. (Daily Telegram)

GRID: A Missouri lawmaker introduces a bill that would give incumbent utilities first rights to build transmission projects through the state, joining a trend of several other states that have adopted similar policies. (KMALand)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

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.