The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters presents Climate Fast Forward on October 17 2022

CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois officials say much work remains to ensure newly created workforce development hubs create job opportunities in clean energy. (St. Louis Public Radio)

ALSO:
• Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will vote this week on funding a feasibility study for reaching 100% renewable energy by 2030, including potentially creating a city-owned utility. (Michigan Radio)
• Missouri clean energy advocates hope rural electric co-ops in the state will take advantage of a debt forgiveness program in the Inflation Reduction Act to help transition from coal to renewable energy. (KSMU)

PIPELINES:
• Attorneys for Line 3 pipeline protestors say prosecutors are overcharging people who participated in demonstrations in an attempt to crack down on dissent. (Minnesota Reformer)
• Environmental groups call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an environmental review of a proposed new Line 5 segment in northern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Examiner)

GRID: Clean energy advocates say it’s inappropriate for grid operator MISO to be weighing in with support for proposed natural gas plants in its territory when the organization should be neutral on energy sources. (E&E News)

COAL: Federal regulators fine a division of Peabody Energy $96,000 after an Indiana coal mine violated safety standards by continuing to drill despite high methane levels, risking “a catastrophic explosion.” (Courier & Press)

CLIMATE:
• Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago are expected to be the hottest cities in an extreme heat belt predicted to emerge by mid-century through the central United States, according to a recent study. (Inside Climate News)
• Nebraska’s state treasurer says he is not pursuing policies that would punish investment companies that focus on climate change and environmental issues. (Omaha World-Herald)

OIL & GAS: Illinois will use federal funding to plug, cap and reclaim 20% of its orphaned oil and gas well wells in rural communities. (Alton Telegraph)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Cleveland company will take more than 125 years of experience in producing welders and motors and apply it to manufacture electric vehicle chargers. (Cleveland.com)

SOLAR:
• Nearly 10 community solar projects are operating or under development in a northeastern Illinois county. (Daily Journal)
• Financial incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act could help thousands of Wisconsin homeowners install solar projects. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A Michigan startup launches a rental service for low-speed, solar-powered boats meant to increase accessibility to water resources. (MiBiz)

NUCLEAR: A Michigan nuclear plant resumes operations after it automatically shut down a week prior because of a coolant pump motor failure. (Detroit News)

BIOENERGY: A St. Louis energy company seeks to take advantage of hog waste ponds to produce renewable natural gas. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TRANSPORTATION: A Detroit-area transportation coalition receives a $52.2 million federal grant to bolster mobility initiatives and supply chain planning as the region faces increased competition in electric and autonomous vehicles. (CBS Detroit)

COMMENTARY:
• Iowa business leaders say a proposed carbon capture pipeline would bring economic benefits while helping ethanol plants reduce emissions. (Ames Tribune)
• Clean energy helps address climate change and also reduces public health risks from air pollution, an Ohio policy analyst writes. (Ohio Capital Journal) 

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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.