ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In its list of requests to automakers this week, the United Auto Workers union seeks bargaining with electric vehicle joint venture battery plants to be folded into a national agreement. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The company behind a proposed $2.36 billion Michigan electric vehicle battery plant acquires 270 acres for the project, signifying a major step forward for the plan. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)
• Advocates say electric vehicle chargers remain scarce in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hindering vehicle adoption as well as visitors. (WLUC)


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CARBON CAPTURE:
• A pipeline developer sues an Iowa county to block a local ordinance that would restrict carbon pipeline development as it seeks a final permit decision from state regulators by early October 2024. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
• A former federal pipeline regulator says carbon pipelines have been around since the 1970s and will continue to be regulated like any other liquid pipeline. (Radio Iowa)
• On the fifth day of carbon pipeline hearings in South Dakota, residents and a state lawmaker call on state regulators to protect their ability to keep carbon pipelines off their property. (KELO, South Dakota Searchlight)
• An ordinance to restrict new carbon pipelines in South Dakota’s third-largest county fails to secure enough votes. (Mitchell Republic)

UTILITIES: Residents and consumer advocates urge Illinois regulators to reject Peoples Gas’ proposed $402 million rate increase, which critics say would particularly harm low-income households. (Chicago Sun-Times)

OIL & GAS: Most Ohio residents are opposed to or unsure about hydraulic fracturing as a means for natural gas production, recent polling shows as state lawmakers make it easier to frack on public lands. (Cleveland Scene)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy will lease land in southeastern Iowa for a 1,000-acre, 150 MW solar project. (Daily Democrat)
• A South Dakota county adopts temporary zoning measures for solar projects as officials seek to tighten the county’s permit application process. (Yankton Press & Dakotan)


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RENEWABLES: A public hearing today will consider four Ohio townships’ requests to ban large wind and solar projects as allowed under state law. (WKBN)

COMMENTARY:
• The head of the American Petroleum Institute in Illinois says carbon pipelines are “critical to achieving the Biden administration’s admirable climate reduction goals.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A Minnesota consumer advocate says natural gas utility customers’ bills are set to multiply under utilities’ business as usual plans. (MinnPost)

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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.