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

COAL ASH: As Midwest utilities propose to leave coal ash in existing, unlined ponds, Southeast utilities are showing that it is possible to move large amounts of the toxic waste into safer, lined landfills. (Energy News Network/Chicago Investigative Project)

OIL & GAS:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order Saturday temporarily waiving some regulations for transporting gas and diesel after a fire last week shut down a northern Indiana refinery. (MLive)
• Illinois receives $25 million in federal funding that will help remediate 600 to 800 abandoned oil and gas wells across the state. (FOX 2)

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SOLAR:
• Alliant Energy finishes construction on the first of more than 10 solar projects planned across Wisconsin. (WKOW)
• Residents weigh in on a developer’s plan for a $250 million solar project in northwestern Indiana. (Chicago Tribune)
• After several attempts, a University of Minnesota team of students wins a solar-powered vehicle challenge. (Star Tribune)
• Evergy began work last week on three solar projects for a Kansas electric cooperative that will total 3.4 MW in capacity. (Daily Energy Insider)

BIOENERGY: Minnesota’s most populous county pursues a processing facility that would convert food waste and other organic materials into natural gas as part of a new climate action plan. (Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rising material costs and criteria for new federal incentives further strain automakers as they ramp up electric vehicle manufacturing. (CNBC)

WIND: Developers of the first Great Lakes offshore wind project have a “new lease on life” as they revamp the project after a favorable ruling this month from the Ohio Supreme Court. (Cleveland.com)

PIPELINES: A group of South Dakota farmers who support the ethanol industry object to carbon capture pipelines, saying they would primarily benefit private companies and shouldn’t be allowed to use eminent domain. (Ag Week)

CLEAN ENERGY: Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that make tax-exempt entities eligible for direct-pay refunds on clean energy tax credits is an “absolute game-changer” for tribal governments, an advocate says. (Tribal Business News)

CLIMATE: The USDA will invest $121 million into critical infrastructure to address climate change in rural U.S. communities, including 13 projects in Michigan. (Michigan Farm News)

COMMENTARY:
• An Iowa editorial board urges county officials to approve plans for a pair of large solar projects near a former nuclear power plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An ongoing federal investigation into the dealings around Ohio’s HB 6 should not exclude state-level civil investigations into whether ratepayers were penalized, an editorial board writes. (Cleveland.com)

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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.