UTILITIES: Consumer and clean energy advocates say rules adopted in the 1970s that allow utilities to pass fuel costs on to customers remove incentives to transition to clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota consumer advocates say utility customers should expect natural gas bills to be up “across the board” this winter. (MPR News)
• Moody’s credit rating agency downgrades AES Ohio’s financial outlook based on “persistently weak” performance, the utility’s relationship with state regulators and the possibility of a state-imposed rate freeze. (Utility Dive)
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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Honda announces a joint venture with LG on a new $4.2 billion battery manufacturing plant in southwestern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
GRID: MISO says it is confident that it has the resources to study the record-setting amount of generation interconnection requests received this year, though outside planning officials are skeptical as costs continue to climb. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• South Dakota regulators will assess up to $400,000 in filing fees to review the application of a proposed pipeline that would transport carbon dioxide to a storage site in Illinois. (Associated Press)
• The Inflation Reduction Act and a California low carbon fuel credit played crucial roles in making a planned Nebraska carbon capture project economically viable. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• An Iowa landowner hopes a judge’s recent decision to temporarily block carbon pipeline surveyors from accessing private property will be the first in a series of legal victories against the project. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
RENEWABLES: A federal agency’s proposed stricter requirements for renewable energy installations to withstand natural disasters could threaten clean energy and solar growth, according to industry advocates. (E&E News)
SOLAR: A central Indiana city expects long-term cost savings from a solar installation that will power its water tower and town hall. (Herald Bulletin)
WIND: South Dakota regulators approve a developer’s request to move a set of transmission lines to accommodate a planned 71-turbine wind project. (KCCR)
Minnesota Future of Gas Campaign Seeks Coordinator
Minnesota’s Future of Gas Campaign, co-led by Fresh Energy, CUB Minnesota, and COPAL, is seeking proposals for a Campaign Coordinator to help build the campaign and be responsible for implementation of campaign strategies.
CLEAN ENERGY: The economic impact of nearly $295 million approved for clean energy-related grants and loans in North Dakota may not be known for years, according to state officials. (Center Square)
COMMENTARY: Minnesota clean energy advocates say transmission permitting reform is crucial to unlock clean energy development envisioned under the Inflation Reduction Act. (Minnesota Reformer)