• The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the state’s “clean car” rulemaking that aims to get more zero-emissions vehicles on the road, dismissing a challenge from auto dealers. (Star Tribune)
• Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is well on its way to meeting long-term emission reduction targets as the carbon footprint of municipal operations, homes and businesses continues to shrink. (Leader-Telegram)

SOLAR: Iowa lawmakers advance a bill that would prohibit commercial solar projects on agricultural land within 150 feet of a neighboring property or within 1,250 feet of a residence or livestock facility. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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COAL: Southern Ohio county officials were unaware that two wells monitoring groundwater contamination at a former coal plant were either missing or damaged for several months last year. (WCPO)

• Former House Speaker Larry Householder’s defense team subpoenas the president of the state’s largest organized labor group as Householder’s corruption trial continues. (Toledo Blade)
• The case against Householder may hinge on whether he undertook an “official act” in exchange for utility money that was funneled through a dark money political group. (Ohio Capital Journal)

WIND: Consumers Energy submits a draft habitat conservation plan that seeks to minimize the number of bats killed from a proposed southern Michigan wind project. (Michigan Radio)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin’s top energy regulator says more funding should be directed to the state’s energy efficiency program while criticizing lawmakers and business groups that call the program an energy tax. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

• Banking industry groups say Nebraska legislation that would prevent the state treasurer from investing state funds with environmental, social and governance goals is too vague and would interfere with banking business. (Nebraska Examiner)
• A new documentary showcases nine Minnesotans from diverse backgrounds who are fighting the climate crisis. (Sahan Journal)

NUCLEAR: Local officials continue to study the economic implications of closing a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant. (Herald-Palladium)

POLITICS: A Chicago mayoral candidate says the city should create a business-funded hardship program to help residents pay utility bills and criticized Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed franchise agreement with ComEd. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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GRID: The USDA will award $91 million in Indiana and $50 million in North Dakota to modernize the rural electric grid and boost security. (Journal Review, KXNET)

• Minnesota could join other leading clean energy states by passing 100% carbon-free power legislation, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Clean energy analysts say Detroit-based DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan is the first in the country to incorporate expected customer savings from clean energy deployment under the Inflation Reduction Act. (RMI)

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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.