• A Minnesota college’s microgrid research center prepares to expand after securing new state and federal funding. (Energy News Network)
• Tribes seek U.S. Department of Energy funding to build local microgrids to improve grid reliability on tribal land. (Bloomberg Law)

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• Electrifying just a third of light- and heavy-duty vehicles in the lower Great Lakes region could save hundreds of lives and billions in healthcare costs, according to Northwestern University researchers. (Inside Climate News)
• A Minnesota startup wins $85,000 in a competition for its technology that converts carbon dioxide into a charcoal-like substance that can be buried underground. (Star Tribune)
• Residents near Dayton, Ohio, raise public safety and environmental concerns about the burning of lithium-ion batteries at a former water treatment plant for research purposes. (WDTN)

• Evergy withdraws a request to Missouri regulators to make a time-of-use pricing program optional, siding with environmental and consumer advocates who say the mandatory program should go into effect. (Missouri Independent)
• Vistra will sell two Ohio power plants to ease regulators’ antitrust concerns that it could unfairly raise electricity prices following a proposed deal to buy another utility’s nuclear plants and retail power business. (Utility Dive)

• As Iowa regulators seek to limit repetitive testimony, two state Republican lawmakers say that regulators lack the authority to allow developers to use eminent domain for carbon pipeline projects. (Radio Iowa)
• Iowa landowners say Summit Carbon Solutions ignored their requests to adjust the route of a proposed carbon pipeline, including through flood-prone areas. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

• Utility and local officials consider building a solar project at a former landfill in Nebraska’s most populous county. (KMTV)
• A company planning to build a lightweight solar module manufacturing plant in Indianapolis requests $36 million in local tax breaks. (Inside Indiana Business)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows Michigan leading the Midwest with nearly 124,000 clean energy jobs, led by energy efficiency and strong growth in clean transportation. (Michigan Advance)

• We Energies plans to support a proposed Microsoft data center in Wisconsin with a $100 million distribution project, which may not be subject to regulatory approval. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Residents in northwestern Michigan say Consumers Energy has used bully tactics and threats of legal action while attempting to remove trees for grid reliability purposes. (Traverse City Ticker)
• Ohio’s consumer advocate opposes AEP Ohio’s rate increase request to make reliability improvements to the utility’s distribution grid. (WOSU)

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WIND: A Wisconsin county board will consider residents’ appeal of a permit approving a 70 MW wind project. (SWNews4U.com)

COMMENTARY: The federal Inflation Reduction Act can be a game-changer for Missouri utilities’ transition to clean energy, “if they will seize the moment,” a clean energy advocate writes. (Missouri Independent)

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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.