SOLAR: A growing number of Illinois coal industry workers are turning to solar and other clean energy industries for jobs as the state continues to phase out coal plants. (In These Times)

• Consumers Energy officials say solar development will be an opportunity for Michigan farmers who seek alternative revenue streams. (Michigan Farm News)
• Southwestern Ohio county officials express land use and oversight concerns over a 300 MW solar project planned on agricultural land. (News Journal)
• Students at an Indiana college research new grazing strategies that could be beneficial at farms with solar panels. (Daily Journal)

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• Ohio will receive a portion of $33 million in federal funding to begin plugging and cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells on public land. (E&E News)
• North Dakota will likely see more than $30 million in additional oil tax revenue in June after a per-barrel price trigger kicks in. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A southwestern Michigan nuclear plant that closed last week would take 19 years to fully decommission. (MLive, subscription)

WIND: State regulators in late June will consider plans for a 250 MW wind project in south-central North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Iowa county officials reiterate their opposition to the use of eminent domain for a carbon capture pipeline project as the developer hopes for voluntary easements. (KMALand)

• Duke Energy disputes advocates’ claims that the utility failed to provide adequate public comment opportunities for its long-term clean energy plan. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• State and federal funding will allow Chicago gas utility Peoples Gas to wipe out overdue balances for about 12,000 customers. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Ameren Illinois warns customers that electricity bills could increase $52 per month on average as supplies tighten during the summer. (WSIL)

• A coal-powered Lake Michigan ferry begins exploring alternative, less polluting fuel options. (9 and 10 News)
• An Indianapolis-based electric vehicle subscription service that allows customers to rent a car for up to a month says demand is strong heading into the Memorial Day weekend. (WISH)

COMMENTARY: Keeping existing nuclear plants open is a “reasonable compromise” that would help maintain grid reliability and keep emissions from growing, an Illinois editorial board writes. (News-Gazette)

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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.