NUCLEAR: The owner of a Michigan nuclear plant applies for a federal grant to restart the 800 MW facility, which has been closed since May. (MLive) 

SOLAR: An eastern Iowa county appears poised to adopt solar regulations that would significantly limit large-scale projects being pursued by utilities and some landowners. (Quad-City Times)

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• A preemption law passed by Missouri lawmakers will limit Kansas City officials’ ability to implement parts of the city’s new climate action plan, particularly when it comes to regulating natural gas connections. (Kansas City Beacon)
• South Dakota is among several red states that are hostile or indifferent to climate policy but still welcome economic development from clean energy projects. (Grist)

BIOFUELS: Iowa corn growers lead a fundraiser to advance direct-ethanol fuel cells that can convert ethanol to electricity and then fuel cells in vehicles. (Mitchell Republic)

PIPELINES: An Iowa county board notifies state regulators of its unanimous opposition to a planned carbon capture pipeline that could run through the county. (KWWL)

GRID: An Iowa utility completes a $15.5 million transmission project that will improve local grid reliability and support a new solar project. (WQAD)

BIOENERGY: A $20 million investment will allow an Omaha wastewater treatment plant to convert human waste into renewable natural gas. (Omaha World-Herald)

• Construction begins on an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant near Lansing, Michigan, that’s expected to create 1,700 jobs. (WKAR)
• Indiana prepares to install 100 electric vehicle charging stations, mostly at interstate exits across the state, using federal infrastructure and Volkswagen settlement funding. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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OIL & GAS: Kansas will receive $25 million in federal funding to plug about 2,300 orphaned oil and gas wells over the next two to three years. (Hays Post)

• The Inflation Reduction Act will help lower Iowans’ electricity bills while also reducing costs to install clean energy projects, writes an official with The Nature Conservancy. (Des Moines Register)
• Clean energy advocates say Wisconsin’s clean energy plan prepares the state to take advantage of incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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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.