NUCLEAR: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker vetoes a measure that would have lifted the state’s ban on new nuclear power plant construction as supporters of the technology promote small modular reactors as a potential climate solution. (Energy News Network)

• Experts and researchers continue to argue over the viability of carbon capture and storage as critics say investments would be better spent on renewable energy. (Inside Climate News)
• Residents raise public health concerns about a pair of planned underground carbon dioxide storage sites in western Indiana. (Associated Press)

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• Recent court filings indicate that former FirstEnergy executives and a former regulator are likely being investigated for their roles in the Ohio public bribery scheme. (Ohio Capital Journal)
• The perjury trial of former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s chief of staff details how Madigan kept a tight inner circle that communicated with powerful entities, such as ComEd, on his behalf. (Capitol News Illinois)
• Environmental advocates say U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota has emerged as an unsung hero in Washington, and played a key role in helping to pass climate provisions the Inflation Reduction Act. (HuffPost)

• Wisconsin labor leaders promote the potential jobs from Enbridge’s plan to relocate the Line 5 pipeline through northern Wisconsin. (Kenosha News)
• A carbon pipeline developer says it is committed to treating farmers and landowners “more fairly” than they have been in the past. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s big three automakers take steps to reduce their power consumption as they shift to renewable energy. (Detroit News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Michigan will take control of more than 20 old oil wells as part of a settlement with the owner that allegedly failed to properly maintain the sites. (MLive)

WIND: An Ohio manufacturer is recycling wind turbine blades to be reused as various consumer goods and products. (WKYC)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota official says funding available from two recent federal laws will help the state affordably meet its emission-reduction targets. (MPR) 

• An Ontario, Canada, mayor expresses interest in a partnership that could transmit power from a plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Sault Star)
• AES Indiana customers say outages have become more frequent and challenging as consumer frustration builds against the utility. (Indianapolis Star)

SOLAR: A new group-buying program starts this week in Iowa that will allow residents and businesses to access cheaper solar installations. (Courier)

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• Officials with Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska say the utility’s emissions will continue to decline even as it plans to add 600 to 950 megawatts of natural gas capacity. (World-Herald)
• A northwestern Michigan city adopts a plan for city operations to be carbon neutral by 2050 and all new city buildings to be fully electric. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• La Crosse, Wisconsin, partners with Xcel Energy to reduce local emissions as part of the city’s 2050 net zero carbon target. (WXOW)

COMMENTARY: A retired federal engineer says Michigan should spend public funding on renewables instead of reopening a shuttered nuclear plant. (Bridge)

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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.