PIPELINES:  As carbon capture and storage supporters at an Iowa conference last week discussed its potential to reduce U.S. emissions, protesters outside raised public health and landowner rights concerns. (Des Moines Register)

ALSO:
• An Illinois county commission unanimously approves a resolution opposing the use of eminent domain for a carbon dioxide pipeline, which will be sent to state regulators as they consider the project. (Journal-Courier)
• Some Iowa landowners maintain that a carbon pipeline would not be a public utility and therefore shouldn’t qualify for the use of eminent domain. (KCCI)

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OHIO: Attorneys for former House Speaker Larry Householder seek to block the admittance of a deferred prosecution agreement involving FirstEnergy as evidence during his upcoming racketeering trial. (Ohio Capital Journal)

WIND: Consumers Energy is suing more than a hundred schools, townships and social service groups in an eastern Michigan county for about $8 million in previously paid taxes based on new state valuations of the utility’s wind turbines. (Michigan Radio)

SOLAR: A western North Dakota tribal college will install an on-campus solar project with the help of a $200,000 grant. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: Local officials in Ames, Iowa, this week will consider a citywide climate action plan that calls for building retrofits, “ultra-efficient” new construction and investing in solar and battery projects. (Iowa State Daily)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A Cincinnati organization provides environmental job training to young residents in low-income communities. (WVXU)

BIOGAS: Three northwestern Iowa dairies work with local officials to build a distribution line to move renewable natural gas produced at farms to the nearby city. (Sioux Center News)

OIL & GAS: Customers of Michigan’s two largest natural gas utilities can expect higher heating costs this winter as the war in Ukraine contributes to upward pressure on natural gas prices. (Detroit News, subscription)

COAL: Iowa State University is converting its campus coal plant boilers to run on natural gas, though some students criticize the school’s ongoing reliance on fossil fuels. (Iowa State Daily)

ELECTRIFICATION: Electric heat pumps can be appealing options for Midwest homeowners who need both air and heating equipment during the year, according to a Purdue University researcher. (Indianapolis Star)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection creates a “once-in-a-generation chance to revolutionize” the state’s energy and auto sectors by taking advantage of recent federal laws, advanced energy advocates write. (Detroit News)
• An Iowa clean energy advocate and a former state lawmaker say local officials should leverage the Inflation Reduction Act by investing in solar energy. (Cedar Rapids 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.