Correction: An item in Friday’s newsletter incorrectly identified Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

RENEWABLES:
• U.S. tribal communities are increasingly pursuing renewable energy as a tool to exercise sovereignty and create economic opportunity. (Canary Media)
• Utilities are already using tax provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act to capture renewable energy tax credits directly without having to arrange third-party tax equity financing. (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES:
• An Iowa judge denies a carbon pipeline developer’s request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed its surveyors to enter private property of landowners who previously denied them access. (Sioux City Journal)
• A pipeline company and an ethanol plant plan Nebraska’s first carbon sequestration project, which calls for a 10-mile pipeline to be operational in 2024. (World-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric truck and SUV startup Rivian is recalling almost all of the roughly 13,000 vehicles it has delivered so far to tighten a component that could affect drivers’ ability to steer. (Associated Press)
• Major battery manufacturing projects recently announced in Michigan come more than a decade after similar publicly backed investments failed to live up to promises. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COAL: Coal-reliant North Dakota communities are banking on large-scale carbon capture to keep coal plants open and towns economically viable. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: Consumer advocates and AES Indiana are in a dispute over who should pay $41.5 million related to the extended shut down last year of one of the utility’s natural gas plants. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

GRID:
• Advocates say ratepayers are unable to fully benefit from smart meters as utilities limit the sharing of electricity usage data with them and third-party vendors. (Michigan Radio)
• Kansas lacks a statewide energy plan that clean energy advocates say is needed to secure federal funding opportunities. (Kansas Reflector)
• FirstEnergy subsidiaries complete nearly three years of grid infrastructure improvements in northeastern Ohio. (Star Beacon)

SOLAR: Landowners begin to organize opposition to a proposed utility-scale solar project in northwestern Ohio. (LimaOhio.com)

BIOFUELS:
• Nebraska regulators approve initial plans to move contaminated wastewater from holding ponds at a former biofuel plant to a new storage site before spreading treated wastewater on farmland. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Illinois farmers and biofuel advocates are optimistic that a state law signed in April will grow demand for various types of biofuels. (Quad-City Times)

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COMMENTARY:
• Chicago clean energy advocates say grassroots organizations need funding to provide technical assistance for decarbonizing buildings and achieving emissions-reduction targets. (Energy News Network)
• Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke says a proposed cobalt and nickel mine in northern Minnesota threatens tribal lands and rich wild rice territories. (Star Tribune)
• An Indiana Republican state senator says renewable energy has provided key local tax revenue and will likely be a significant job provider in the state’s future. (Indianapolis Star)
• Michigan is proving to be a test case in how far federal and state governments should go to incentivize the electric vehicle manufacturing industry, a columnist writes. (Michigan Advance)

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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.