CARBON CAPTURE: A carbon pipeline developer initiates more than 80 eminent domain lawsuits against South Dakota landowners as it pursues construction. (Argus Leader)

• Iowa regulators approve MidAmerican Energy’s $3.9 billion plan to build roughly 2,100 MW of new wind and solar capacity while also exploring emerging technology around battery storage and carbon capture. (Des Moines Register)
• A Minnesota official says incentives in the federal Inflation Reduction Act will save customers of the state’s largest utility $1 billion when applied to the utility’s generation plan. (PV Magazine)

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STORAGE: A funding platform co-founded by Bill Gates awards a $20 million grant to Xcel Energy for battery storage projects at retiring coal plants in Minnesota and Colorado. (MPR)

• Ohio-based commercial electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors warns it may fail as global electronics manufacturer Foxconn wavers on a $170 million investment in the company. (Associated Press)
• $130 million in state funding will help launch an electric vehicle research center at the University of Michigan. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Building trust in nuclear power remains a key challenge for clean energy supporters, particularly in Minnesota, where a recent contaminated water leak generated local public health concerns. (Christian Science Monitor)

COAL: A recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling ordering state regulators to consider clean energy concerns with a major utility’s long-term energy plan is at least a temporary win for environmental groups. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

SOLAR: A recent investment will help a major residential solar installer to expand in Minnesota and also grow its presence in Iowa and Wisconsin. (Solar Industry)

• The new owner of an Indiana ethanol plant plans to invest $230 million over the next three years to expand capacity and start producing renewable natural gas. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A company’s partnership with the University of Wisconsin will create Wisconsin’s first commercial facility that converts manure into fuel for trucks and jets. (WXPR)

NATURAL GAS: Residents living near an Ohio natural gas plant want local officials to delay a company’s plans for a second plant, citing nuisance concerns with the current facility. (WKBN)

• A former Minnesota GOP Senate Majority Leader says the state attorney general’s climate change lawsuit against fossil fuel companies is a bad approach to environmental policy that should be left to lawmakers. (MinnPost)
• A columnist doesn’t expect seismic change to the workings of Illinois politics following the outcome of a trial involving former ComEd executives and political figures linked to a former state House Speaker. (Shaw Media)

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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.