EFFICIENCY: An Illinois organization will use a $3.15 million grant to electrify appliances and make efficiency upgrades in roughly 100 low-income Chicago homes over the next two years. (Chicago Sun-Times)

UTILITIES: Ohio Attorney General Mike Yost wants a federal judge to cut attorneys fees by $10 million, which would revert back to ratepayers involved in the upcoming class action settlement with FirstEnergy. (Center Square)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan higher education leaders see opportunities to train workers for the state’s emerging electric vehicle and battery industries as the state lands several major projects. (MiBiz)

PIPELINES:
• Iowa regulators deny a tribe’s request for an environmental impact study of a proposed carbon capture pipeline, noting that environmental concerns will be addressed during the permitting process. (KIOW)
• Public comment has concluded for a federal environmental review of the Line 5 pipeline tunnel project in northern Michigan, with supporters and opponents of the plan roughly evenly split. (Michigan Advance)

COAL:
• Just one of Indiana’s five large utilities receives a high grade from the Sierra Club for its plans to transition from fossil fuels. (WFYI)
• Michigan utility Consumers Energy improved its ranking by announcing plans to retire its coal fleet early while DTE Energy sank to a failing grade for replacing coal units with a large natural gas plant. (Michigan Radio)

GRID: Federal regulators dismiss a complaint from large energy users that aimed to let customers leaving grid operator MISO’s footprint do so without making owed capacity payments. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Candidates for a county commissioner seat in central Indiana voice support for renewable energy as developers eye two 1,000-acre solar projects in the community. (Kokomo Tribune)

WIND:
• City officials in northwestern Iowa designate 76 parcels of land to be redeveloped with wind energy. (Daily Sentinel)
• Supporters of a proposed $330 million eastern Kansas wind project say the investment would bring in more than $50 million in county tax revenue. (KSNT)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Visiting a southern Minnesota community solar project, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith says the Inflation Reduction Act will make such projects more attainable through lower costs. (KEYC) 

BIOFUELS:
• Company officials hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new biodiesel production plant in southwestern Kansas. (KWCH)
• Federal courts order two Iowa biofuel companies to pay more than $1 million restitution to 10 fraud victims and to separately forfeit $2.4 million to the federal government. (AgWeek)

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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.