OIL & GAS: An Ohio judge denies environmental groups’ request to halt a new state law that enables state agencies to permit oil and gas drilling under state parks. (Cleveland.com)

POLITICS: A longtime Chicago precinct captain says he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars through contracts with ComEd to do political work for former House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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• Wisconsin regulators approve plans for a 250 MW solar project that has been touted as the state’s largest solar project. (Stevens Point Journal)
• A developer has acquired more than a square mile of farmland for a large solar project in Kansas. (Lawrence Times)
• Iowa regulators waive a required public hearing for a proposed solar and battery storage project based on lack of opposition. (Daily Democrat)

• A coalition of Democratic lawmakers, environmental groups and labor unions back a plan for an offshore wind pilot program in Lake Michigan near Chicago. (WREX)
• A western Iowa county advances a proposal to nearly double wind turbine setback distances based on residents’ opposition. (Daily Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: The owner of a closed southwestern Michigan nuclear plant asks the state to commit $300 million to help reopen the plant. (Herald Palladium)

CARBON CAPTURE: BP is seeking local permission to start seismic testing for a potential carbon capture and storage project in northern Indiana. (Herald Journal)

COAL: North Dakota’s lignite coal industry generated $5.8 billion in economic activity last year, or 4% of the state’s gross business volume, researchers find. (Daily News)

HYDROELECTRIC: Plans for an 1,800 MW pumped hydroelectric storage project in South Dakota would need to overcome dozens of feasibility and impact studies ahead of a planned completion in 2035. (Mitchell Republic)

• A coalition of organizations call on top Michigan lawmakers to take stronger action on climate change. (Michigan Advance)
• At a conference in Detroit, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is a “climate optimist” as she touts her administration’s record on clean energy. (MLive)

TRANSPORTATION: Federal funding will cover nearly half of the $505 million cost to build a bus-rapid transit project in St. Paul, Minnesota, by 2025. (Star Tribune)

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BIOGAS: Construction has started on a $30.5 million plan for a renewable natural gas processing plant at an Indiana landfill. (WNDU)

• A former Department of Energy official says GOP-led states will be among the biggest beneficiaries of the Inflation Reduction Act while Republican lawmakers seek to repeal key funding provisions in the law. (The Hill)
• A Missouri clean energy advocate says the state could be a clean energy leader by taking advantage of provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. (Columbia Missourian)

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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.