• ComEd will no longer face criminal charges after a federal judge dismissed bribery charges against the utility related to a scheme that led to the indictment of former House Speaker Michael Madigan and the conviction of former executives. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• The Illinois Supreme Court suspends the law licenses of former ComEd CEO Ann Pramaggiore and a former lobbyist following their felony bribery convictions. (WBEZ)

• Missouri regulators’ plan to enact peak power pricing draws pushback from a top state GOP lawmaker who called the plan “unconscionable.” (Missouri Independent)
• The new CEO of FirstEnergy says the company is eager to rebuild relationships with lawmakers and regulators after the company was involved in the largest corruption scandal in state history. (Cleveland.com)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford cuts the cost of its forthcoming electric F-150 truck to $50,000, signaling a potential price war among electric truck manufacturers. (Associated Press)

OVERSIGHT: The new chairperson of the Illinois Commerce Commission is also one of the architects of the state’s landmark Climate and Equitable Jobs Act. (WTTW)

CARBON CAPTURE: Iowa regulators will hold public hearings next month on a proposal to extend a planned carbon capture pipeline by 31 miles to connect to another ethanol supplier. (Globe Gazette)

• Illinois solar customers say an installer has claimed state incentives on installed projects rather instead of passing them on to customers. (CBS 2)
• A Duluth, Minnesota, neighborhood creates a local “resilience hub” that is anchored by a community solar project. (PV Magazine)
• A developer pitches plans for a pair of solar projects in Wisconsin, including one that would be sited on a former landfill. (Waupaca County News)

• Kansas City utility Evergy has undertaken its largest power restoration project in more than 20 years as thousands of customers remain without power after storms late last week. (KCUR)
• Failing to speed up transmission development in the U.S. would limit renewable energy projects and cut potential emission reductions by half, according to a new Princeton University study. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: A train carrying liquefied petroleum gas derailed in northern Minnesota on Monday night, though authorities report that no spills occurred. (WCCO)

CLIMATE: A Michigan county appoints its first sustainability coordinator who will help lead a countywide climate action plan. (WKZO)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota needs to overhaul its permitting process to speed up renewable energy development and meet state climate targets, a conservative clean energy group says. (Star Tribune)

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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.