The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters presents Climate Fast Forward on October 17 2022

COAL: Industry experts and regulators say recycling and reuse of coal ash is preferable to storing it in ponds, though environmental advocates say stronger oversight is needed to avoid exposing people to toxic metals. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project)

• A group of Black entrepreneurs and business leaders plan to launch an electric vehicle trade association next month to ensure equity in the EV transition. (Bridge Detroit)
• North Dakota and South Dakota are among states where electric vehicle infrastructure spending should be prioritized based on forecasts of increased adoption rates, according to a recent report. (Smart Cities Dive)
• A convenience store opens its first electric vehicle fast-charging station in Minnesota. (Convenience Store News)

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• Ohio regulatory staff recommended denying a 175 MW solar project based solely on local opposition to the project, highlighting Ohio municipalities’ ability to thwart renewable energy projects. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• Opponents of a proposed 100 MW solar project in central Missouri celebrate a recent state Supreme Court ruling striking down a law allowing tax exemptions for certain solar projects. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• County officials advance plans for a pair of large-scale solar projects near a former Iowa nuclear plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• The developer of a carbon pipeline proposed through the Quad Cities area says the project is necessary to “sustain existing businesses and attract new businesses for the energy transition that we’re heading into.” (WQAD)
• A Canadian, Indigenous-backed energy group seeks $38.2 million in compensation from the Keystone XL pipeline developer after the Biden administration canceled the project. (Bloomberg, subscription)
• An Iowa economic development organization supports a proposed carbon capture pipeline despite opposition from many landowners along the route. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• North Dakota officials extend the deadline for companies to apply for a grant to build a cross-state pipeline after previously receiving no bids from potential developers. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)

BATTERIES: A western Michigan battery storage supplier primarily servicing RV, utility, emergency and military vehicles has experienced steady growth since starting eight years ago. (Second Wave Media)

WIND: A Nebraska utility’s first wind project features two turbines that would generate nearly 6 MW of power. (Omaha World-Herald)

BIOFUELS: Illinois corn farmers ramp up ethanol production to help offset the fuel losses from a fire at a northern Indiana refinery, which could resume operations in a week. (FOX 2, Reuters)

RENEWABLES: A northern Illinois county extends its moratorium on solar, wind and battery storage projects for another three months to give local officials more time to review potential regulations. (Shaw Local News)

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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.