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)
• 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)
• 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)
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.
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)