GEOTHERMAL: A historic Chicago mansion retrofitted with geothermal heating and cooling can offer a blueprint for applying the technology in other dense urban areas as an alternative to natural gas. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rejects claims by tribes and environmental groups in Minnesota that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately review Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline expansion plan. (Star Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency settles a lawsuit filed by a former longtime employee who raised concerns about how the agency handles petroleum leak sites. (MPR News)

BATTERIES: General Motors will launch an electric grid division that will focus on bidirectional electric vehicle charging, vehicle-to-grid applications and other clean energy products. (E&E News)

SOLAR: Solar group-buying cooperatives have helped residential utility customers across the U.S. reduce costs and other barriers when installing projects. (Canary Media)

POLITICS:
• Wisconsin’s top U.S. Senate candidates offer vastly different views on climate change as Democrat Mandela Barnes calls for sweeping action and incumbent Republican Ron Johnson calls the problem unsolvable. (Journal Sentinel)
• DTE Energy and its executives and lobbyists have made campaign contributions to 138 of Michigan’s 148 state senators and representatives, totaling more than $1 million, according to a watchdog group. (Metro Times)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota leaders and natural resource advocates disagree on using carbon capture at fossil fuel projects as part of the state’s climate change strategy. (KFYR)

WIND:
• Eastern Illinois county officials are set to vote on local regulations that would allow construction of a planned 300 MW wind project. (Journal Gazette)
• Bowling Green, Ohio, will retire four wind turbines in 2024 that began operating in 2003 as an early clean energy resource for the city. (BG Independent)

HYDROGEN: Clean energy advocates hope Wisconsin’s move to join a coalition of Midwest states forming a hydrogen hub will help bring federal funding to the region. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy customers will likely see rising bills starting next summer following a recent auction where the utility purchased some of its electricity for more than double what it costs now. (Cleveland.com)

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OVERSIGHT: Two North Dakota Public Service Commission seats will be decided in next month’s election as two incumbent Republicans face two Democratic challengers. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The Sierra Club and rural electric cooperatives formed an unlikely alliance to secure funding in the Inflation Reduction Act to build out clean energy in rural areas. (Utility Dive)

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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.