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• Wisconsin solar advocates and developers say clarifying state law around third-party financing is even more crucial as the federal Inflation Reduction Act opens new tax credits for nonprofits and governmental entities. (Energy News Network)
• Duluth, Minnesota will receive $1 million in federal funding to study whether solar installations can make the local grid more resilient. (Duluth News Tribune)
• County officials ask Wisconsin regulators to perform an in-depth environmental analysis on the potential effects of a proposed large scale solar project. (Portage Daily Register)

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OHIO: A federal judge will allow recordings to play during former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s trial that prosecutors say implicates him in a pay-to-play scheme over utility bailout legislation. (Cleveland.com)

• TC Energy reports that more than half of the 14,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from the Keystone pipeline have been recovered. (Nebraska Examiner)
• The company also is still unclear what caused the largest spill in the pipeline’s history. (Topeka Capital Journal)
• Dozens of people attend a meeting in Iowa hosted by environmental groups about their concerns and opposition toward a proposed carbon capture pipeline. (The Courier)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A lack of policy support and strategic planning causes Indiana to rank last among Midwest states for environmental justice, according to a recent report. (Indiana Public Broadcasting)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs amended legislation that expands tax credits for electric vehicle manufacturers seeking to operate in the state. (WTVO)

• The president and CEO of AES Indiana discusses the utility’s long-term clean energy plan that involves adding 1,300 MW of solar, wind and storage while also monitoring the development of green hydrogen, small nuclear and carbon capture. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Xcel Energy officials say they are “disappointed” that Google has dropped plans for a $600 million data center in Minnesota that would have resulted in the tech giant becoming a major utility customer. (Star Tribune)

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GRID: A utility is on track to energize nearly 350 miles of high-voltage transmission in western North Dakota by the end of 2026. (Minot Daily News)

• As Michigan cannabis growers face market challenges from declining prices, many turn to energy efficiency and clean energy measures to cut costs from energy consumption. (MiBiz)
• Missouri for the first time cracks the top 30 in a national energy efficiency ranking of U.S. states, though advocates say more work could be done. (News Tribune)

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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.