OHIO: Ohio’s upcoming state Supreme Court election comes with high stakes for energy policy as justices are likely to consider several cases involving power plants, utility oversight and clean energy development. (Energy News Network)
• A Michigan board approves nearly $1 billion in incentives to lure two major battery manufacturing projects that total $4 billion in investment and promise more than 4,000 jobs. (Bridge Michigan)
• An Indiana electric cooperative unveils five battery storage locations that officials say will save members millions of dollars over the next two decades. (WANE)
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• State regulators approve an application for a 117 MW solar project in southwestern Ohio. (Farm and Dairy)
• Electric vehicle startup Rivian is building a solar panel-covered parking lot canopy that can charge 72 vehicles at a time at its Normal, Illinois, manufacturing plant. (Environment and Energy Leader)
• A carbon pipeline developer will hold additional public meetings in Iowa after some residents weren’t properly notified of previous meetings. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A developer downplays safety concerns over carbon capture pipelines, noting that risks from cracking or explosions are minimal. (Dakota News Now)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ann Arbor, Michigan, has added user fees for downtown electric vehicle charging stations after a decade of providing free charging. (MLive)
• Climate change will likely bring more humidity, warmer nights and wetter winters to Iowa, which university researchers say can be mitigated by planting more trees. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• The Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Attorney General Keith Ellison, ruling that internal deliberations about the state’s climate liability lawsuit against the oil and gas industry can be kept confidential. (E&E News, subscription)
• Michigan regulators order an independent audit and detailed reports from the state’s two largest utilities on grid reliability compliance measures as the public grows increasingly frustrated with long, storm-related outages. (Planet Detroit)
• A recent report finds that DTE Energy has generally disinvested in its distribution grid in low-income and minority neighborhoods while spending more resources in wealthier, predominantly White areas. (The Guardian)
COAL: Three Ohio utilities rank among the worst in the U.S. for transitioning from fossil fuels, likely because the state’s power plant bailout law at the center of a corruption scandal provided ratepayer subsidies to coal plants. (Ohio Capital Journal)
CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana’s clean energy job growth was more than double the state’s overall job growth in 2021, according to a recent report from Advanced Energy Economy. (Inside Indiana Business)
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HYDROGEN: Several Upper Midwest states form a hydrogen development hub in hopes of securing a portion of $7 billion in federal funding for clean hydrogen development. (Grand Forks Herald)
COMMENTARY: Energy efficiency programs and investments can play a key role in improving energy affordability for Michigan residents, clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
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