Correction: The University of Minnesota and local planning officials recently deployed monitoring stations to detect diesel fumes in sewers after a series of incidents last summer. An earlier version of this digest incorrectly stated the fuel type.
COAL: A downstate Illinois coal plant in operation since 1955 closes today before transitioning to a solar and battery storage site. (Metropolis Planet)
• More than 100,000 DTE Energy customers in southeastern Michigan were still without power this morning following a Monday storm, stoking already strong public pushback to the utility’s latest rate increase request. (Royal Oak Tribune, BridgeDetroit)
• Some Michigan lawmakers grow frustrated about the lack of movement on legislation to provide consumer protections and compensation for extended outages. (WDET)
• A startup company is working to make real-time emissions data from grid operators publicly accessible, which could help with tracking 24/7 clean energy pledges. (Canary Media)
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Fresh Energy, a Minnesota-based clean energy nonprofit, is hiring a Managing Director of Industry to join the Energy Transition team. This role will shape and drive Fresh Energy’s work reducing carbon emissions and spurring an equitable energy transition across Minnesota’s industry and agriculture sectors.
• The Inflation Reduction Act includes a nearly $10 billion debt-relief program for rural electric cooperatives that will help member-owned utilities transition from coal. (The New Republic)
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces $300 million in funding for energy bill assistance for low-income households. (ABC 7)
RENEWABLES: Siting new wind and solar projects in Iowa is increasingly challenging as misinformation generates strong pushback from some community members. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An Ohio environmental attorney notes that the Inflation Reduction Act includes language giving the U.S. EPA clear authority to regulate greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act. (Statehouse News Bureau)
• La Crosse, Wisconsin, considers a suite of new local policies to help combat climate change and strengthen clean energy initiatives. (La Crosse Tribune)
PIPELINES: A crowd of roughly 100 people at the first informational meeting in Iowa for a carbon capture pipeline mostly criticize and question the project’s technology. (Press-Citizen)
OIL & GAS: The University of Minnesota and local planning officials deploy new monitoring stations to detect fumes from diesel fuel after explosive levels were found in sewers last summer. (CBS Minnesota)
• Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have been working for four years to develop electrolytes that can lower the cost of utility-scale battery storage systems. (Cleveland.com)
• A nearly $11 million, federally funded program at the University of Michigan will examine ceramic ion conductors’ potential for improving electric vehicle and energy storage batteries. (PV Magazine)
SOLAR: The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to help lower solar installation costs in Indiana, where customers recently lost the ability to use net metering under a state law. (Herald Republican)
• A new General Motors manufacturing plant in Ohio begins producing cells for various electric vehicle models. (Associated Press)
• Clean energy advocates say spreading charging infrastructure costs across Xcel Energy’s Minnesota ratepayers will help to meet the state’s electric vehicle adoption goals. (CBS Minnesota)
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