OIL & GAS: An Ohio court is set to rule on whether lawmakers violated the state constitution with bill amendments that labeled natural gas as “green energy” and changed an existing law to accelerate oil and gas drilling from public lands. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: State officials report logistical and regulatory challenges with spending federal funding to plug orphaned oil and gas wells. (E&E News)


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SOLAR:
• Michigan’s solar workforce grew by 3.3% in 2022 to more than 4,000 jobs, despite market conditions that led to a broader slowdown of large projects. (Michigan Radio)
• Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy starts construction on a 50 MW solar project, part of a broader plan to install 1,100 MW of solar across the state. (Daily Reporter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Two Minnesota agencies say Xcel Energy has failed to meet expectations with electric vehicle charging pilot programs, and support the company’s decision to withdraw a $330 million electric vehicle initiative. (Star Tribune)
• A Michigan judge denies landowners’ request to halt construction on a major electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant. (WOOD-TV8)

CLIMATE:
• South Dakota and Iowa are among four states that have refused to apply for climate funding in the federal Inflation Reduction Act, so the U.S. EPA is routing the money to those states’ largest cities instead. (E&E News)
• Monitors installed this week at Chicago State University aim to help researchers understand why South Side neighborhoods experience perennial flooding and climate-related bad air quality and extreme heat. (Chicago Sun-Times)

COAL: Local officials raise concerns about a company’s experimental project to inject chemicals into groundwater to help reduce a sulfate plume near a shuttered coal plant along the Ohio River. (WCPO)

CARBON CAPTURE:
• Energy analysts say it makes no sense to equip a large, aging North Dakota coal plant with carbon capture technology, which will be expensive and fail to curb near-term carbon emissions. (Inforum)
• South Dakota lawmakers call for an environmental study on carbon pipelines, as well as a special legislative session to voice concerns about landowner rights. (KELO)
• Tilling soil less and growing more cover crops can help farmers store more carbon in their fields and potentially generate more revenue from carbon offset payments. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: A Michigan Congress member says restarting a shuttered nuclear plant in his district is a “worthwhile exploration” and seeks Biden administration guidance on the plan. (Holland Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: A Nebraska state senator seeks further study on the benefits of small nuclear reactors because “I don’t want to see Nebraska covered in industrial wind turbines and solar panels.” (McCook Gazette)

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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.