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)

ALSO:
• 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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OIL & GAS:
• 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)

UTILITIES:
• 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)

TRANSPORTATION:
• 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 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.