CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a series of energy-related bills, including legislation expanding clean energy subsidies for businesses and cutting red tape for solar developers. (Detroit Free Press) 

• The federal Inflation Reduction Act has sparked more clean energy projects in Michigan than any other state, attracting more than 15,800 jobs and $21 billion in investments over the past year, a report finds. (Michigan Advance)
• A manufacturer of power distribution cables announces a major expansion of its Southern Illinois factory that will add 100,000 square feet and 80 new jobs with the help of nearly $18 million in state tax incentives. (Capital News Illinois)

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• The regional planning agency for the Twin Cities will use a federal grant to study the potential impact of its climate action work plan. (Energy News Network)
• Record-breaking rains that flooded thousands of basements in Chicago this month underscore the urgency of flood resilience projects, city officials say. (Inside Climate News)

• Grid operator PJM issues an emergency alert asking all power plants to run at full capacity amid surging electricity demand for air conditioning. (Bloomberg)
• Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year in Chicago, with a heat index up to 110 degrees, along with unhealthy air pollution. (Sun Times)
• Utilities from Nebraska to Minnesota asked customers to conserve power Thursday in response to surging demand for cooling. (KETV, KIMT)

• Ann Arbor, Michigan, residents are “sick and tired” of power outages after a severe thunderstorm caused another widespread outage this week. (MLive)
• A Kansas family has been without power for two weeks and still have a thick black electricity cable laying in their backyard from a July 14 storm. (Fox 4 KC) 

• First Solar says it will spend up to $1.1 billion to open a fifth U.S. factory in 2026 as the thin-film solar manufacturer continues to expand in northwest Ohio. (CNBC, Toledo Blade)
• A solar developer asks Iowa regulators to waive a required public hearing because most written comments have been supportive of its project. (Southeast Iowa Union)
• Rural Ohio residents complain about living near a large solar farm that is powering more than 400 municipal buildings in Cincinnati. (WCPO)
• A northeastern Wisconsin town taps into federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to install solar panels on its 120-year-old town hall. (Stevens Point News) 
• Wisconsin farmers are using a solar-powered irrigation system to sustain crops through a dry spell this summer. (Fox 6 Milwaukee)

WIND: The Ohio Supreme Court gives final approval to a proposed 71-turbine wind farm, saying opponents did not do enough to establish that the project’s site permit should not have been approved. (Capital Journal)    

• Central Illinois residents raise concerns about a plan to bury a carbon dioxide pipeline under some of Peoria’s oldest and poorest neighborhoods. (WCBU)
• An attorney representing South Dakota landowners fails to convince state regulators to make public a map of environmentally sensitive areas in the path of a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline. (South Dakota Searchlight) 

NATURAL GAS: A consumer advocate’s report questions an increase in capital spending by Minnesota gas utilities, which could strand a smaller customer base with much larger fees in the future. (Minnesota Reformer)

BIOGAS: A Cincinnati company breaks ground on a facility in Saint Bernard, Ohio, that will convert food waste into renewable natural gas. (WLWT)

COMMENTARY: The co-director of a Wisconsin nonprofit writes that blending solar panels and agriculture has the potential to lower energy costs, reduce global warming and boost income for farmers. (Cap Times) 

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Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.