CLIMATE: A $5 billion federal Inflation Reduction Act program may give Wisconsin clean energy advocates an end-run around the legislature that has withheld funding for the state’s climate goals. (Energy News Network)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: County officials advance a plan to close a Minneapolis trash incinerator within the next five to 17 years, which environmental justice advocates say is too long. (Star Tribune)

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RENEWABLES: Michigan Democrats formally introduce bills to speed up wind and solar permitting by shifting the approval process from local governments to the state Public Service Commission. (Bridge)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy investors continue to spar with the company over the release of information in court about the utility’s role in a major bribery scheme. (Ohio Capital Journal)


  • Navigator for the second time this year withdraws plans for a carbon capture pipeline in Illinois as the developer evaluates options. (State Journal-Register)
  • The Sierra Club says Summit Carbon Solutions has asked an Iowa agency to pause a review of the company’s required air quality and wastewater permits. (Globe Gazette)
  • A central Illinois Republican opposes Wolf Carbon Solutions’ proposed carbon pipeline, claiming the company lacks emergency response plans and may rely on eminent domain to build the project. (WCBU)


ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Automaker Stellantis and Samsung announce plans for a second electric vehicle battery plant in Indiana. (WTHR)


  • Wisconsin farm industry advocates say a bill in the U.S. Senate may help alleviate some concerns around commercial solar development on agricultural land. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is an example of how local governments can craft supportive solar policies without waiting for the state and federal government to act. (PV Magazine)
  • A consultant says a Nebraska county should update its zoning regulations to prepare for commercial solar development as a developer seeks to build a project. (McCook Gazette)

WIND: An Iowa county board narrowly passes an ordinance that determines wind turbine taxes based on how long they’ve been operating, up to 30% of a facility’s net acquisition cost. (Southeast Iowa Union)

COMMENTARY: A climate change author urges Minneapolis officials to pass a local franchise fee increase that would raise funding for climate initiatives. (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.