CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign a series of bills lawmakers have now mostly passed to ramp up renewable energy targets and move wind and solar permitting decisions to state regulators. (Bridge)


  • Moving permitting control to state regulators has drawn fierce opposition from local officials, though backers say developers would still need to work with local governments when pursuing projects. (Route Fifty)
  • A $1.1 million federal grant will support energy districts across Iowa in helping local governments and schools adopt renewable and energy efficiency measures. (Cedar Rapids Gazette) 
  • The large-scale clean energy projects in the year after the Inflation Reduction Act was passed could add 403,000 new jobs and grow U.S. GDP by up to $156 billion, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)
  • A coalition of major companies launches a program aimed at curbing supply chain emissions by providing businesses with technical skills to transition to clean energy. (ESG Dive)


PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concludes a second public hearing in North Dakota on an environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, drawing some opposition about the meetings’ format. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIFICATION: Advocates push for Chicago to become the latest city to adopt electrification requirements to reduce carbon emissions from buildings. (WBEZ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan utilities and researchers are working to expand and improve accessibility of electric vehicle charging stations as vehicle adoption is expected to grow. (WMMT)

UTILITIES: Minnesota Power joins major gas utilities in the state in asking regulators for a rate increase, which the electric utility says would support higher production and delivery costs as well as hiring workers. (MPR)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan energy consulting firm says a major statewide clean energy bill package would give businesses certainty in sustainability reporting while lowering energy costs. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)

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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.