ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, along with the federal Inflation Reduction Act, give momentum to environmental justice programs that include deploying electric vehicle chargers in Chicago’s disinvested communities. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: Republican governors, including those in Iowa and North Dakota, criticize the new federal climate law even as their states’ economies stand to benefit from its financial incentives. (Politico)

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OHIO: Federal prosecutors ask Ohio regulators to halt their investigations into FirstEnergy’s conduct for at least six months because they overlap, at least in part, with the U.S. Justice department’s case. (Ohio Capital Journal)

• North Dakota receives no bids from developers to build a cross-state natural gas pipeline to supply planned agricultural processing plants. (Ag Week)
• Iowa regulators prepare to establish a process for permitting a proposed carbon pipeline that would cross about 680 miles of the state. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• County officials in central Iowa are drafting a letter to oppose plans for a carbon capture pipeline, which continues to face opposition from landowners concerned about the potential use of eminent domain. (Axios, Bismarck Tribune)

• Evanston, Illinois, officials consider whether to use $500,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help low-income homeowners install solar projects. (Evanston RoundTable)
• A major power purchase agreement between Ford and DTE Energy will increase the amount of installed solar energy in Michigan by 70%. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: Replacing coal-fired power plant jobs with local wind and solar jobs would add billions of dollars in costs to the clean energy transition yet help to stabilize local economies, according to a new University of Michigan study. (MiBiz)

• Voters in a northern Ohio county will decide in a November referendum whether to allow commercial wind energy projects. (Telegraph Forum)
• An Xcel Energy subsidiary seeks federal approval to buy two wind projects owned by Allete companies in Minnesota totaling 120 MW. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: An Indiana utility executive has been named the new leader of Texas’ state power grid operator, ERCOT. (Texas Tribune)

CLIMATE: An “extreme heat belt” spanning from Texas to Michigan could emerge in the next 30 years as climate change worsens, according to a research group. (WFYI)

COMMENTARY: Indiana will need more planning to meet the expected demand for electric vehicles as well as ensuring road infrastructure is properly funded, an editorial board writes. (Herald Bulletin)

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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.