OIL & GAS: A recent law requiring Ohio agencies to permit oil and gas drilling on state parklands reignites a debate over whether drilling companies are paying their fair share in severance taxes. (Ohio Capital Journal)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan lawmakers narrowly approve $175 million in subsidies for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant that faced criticism for the company’s ties to China. (Bridge Michigan)
Upper Midwest Electrical Expo
NCEL invites you to register for the Upper Midwest Electrical Expo on April 19th and 20th. Registration is free. The Expo will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We hope to see you there!
• Wisconsin regulators approve plans for a 150 MW solar project to be built next to an existing, similarly sized project. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)
• Ohio regulators approve plans for a 200 MW solar project near Cincinnati. (Highland County Press)
• Local officials and advocates in Minnesota are working to ensure unprecedented amounts of federal clean energy funding reaches diverse communities. (Sahan Journal)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill this week creating a $115 million fund to provide matching dollars for local governments and other entities pursuing federal clean energy funding. (Spokesman-Recorder)
CARBON CAPTURE: An Iowa county will restart negotiations over a proposed hazardous materials pipeline ordinance after new concerns involving emergency response and agricultural and ecological impacts. (Corridor Business Journal)
• Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs multiple bills into law that include creating a statewide energy plan and creating a carbon capture and storage pilot program. (Indiana Public Broadcasting)
• GOP members of Congress attempting to eliminate clean energy tax credits amid debt ceiling talks also represent districts that have benefited from investments made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act. (E&E News)
• Midwest air quality is improving, though particle pollution from wildfires and other sources continues to affect parts of the region, according to the American Lung Association. (KCUR)
• The Biden administration reaches separate settlements worth about $25 million total with three natural gas processing companies to reduce air pollution across 12 states, including in North Dakota. (Reuters)
CLIMATE: Kansas City, Missouri, officials seek to position the city as a climate leader through a variety of emission-reduction strategies. (KSHB)
WIND: An Iowa county board considers new wind siting restrictions that would potentially double turbine setback distances from homes. (Daily Sentinel)
Midwest Energy Policy Series
Network and learn from leading industry experts at the Midwest Energy Policy Series on infrastructure, the premiere conference for energy professionals in the Midwest, on April 25th in Kansas City or virtually.
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BIOFUELS: A Nebraska bill would require gasoline retailers to ensure that at least half of any new or replacement pumps they use offer E-15 ethanol blends. (Nebraska Public Media)
COMMENTARY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest budget can devote key funding for electric vehicle infrastructure, advanced energy advocates write. (Energy News Network)