COAL: Ohio ratepayers remain on the hook for potentially rising costs related to coal plant subsidies approved under Ohio’s House Bill 6 as state regulators fail to take action in multiple cases. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)
CLIMATE: A recommendation in Chicago’s climate change plan calls for ending gas connections in new residential and commercial construction projects as a utility spends billions of dollars on new gas infrastructure in the city. (Chicago Sun-Times)
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OIL & GAS:
• Environmental and civil rights groups call on the U.S. EPA to revoke Ohio’s authority to regulate oil and gas injection wells, which they say have disproportionately burdened low-income communities. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A Wisconsin judge dismisses claims of bias against a former state regulator who approved plans for — then sought a job with one of the owners of — a planned $700 million natural gas plant. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• North Dakota oil production remained flat in August while natural gas production dipped slightly, though oil tax revenue continues to exceed the state’s expectations. (Bismarck Tribune)
PIPELINES: A northern Iowa county investigates a potential countywide ordinance tothat regulates hazardous liquid pipelines as carbon pipeline developers eye projects through the area. (Globe Gazette)
• A study predicts that annual rooftop solar installations would more than double if homeowners could expect to net $1,000 in energy cost savings over 20 years. (PV Magazine)
• Construction could start soon on a 150 MW solar project in western Illinois. (Journal Courier)
• Detroit-area nonprofit Soulardarity is building a “blueprint for energy democracy” as it backs more local solar generation and advocates for more favorable, community-based policies. (Canary Media)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois electric vehicle drivers pay an extra $100 for annual license plate renewals to help the state offset lost revenue from gasoline taxes. (WTVO)
• County officials approve zoning changes that will allow a central Kansas wind project to move forward. (KWCH)
• Residents and local officials in a small North Dakota town prepare for the potential state approval of a 251 MW wind project. (KXNET)
EFFICIENCY: Habitat for Humanity is building nine all-electric, energy efficient homes this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (FOX17)
Minnesota Future of Gas Campaign Seeks Coordinator
Minnesota’s Future of Gas Campaign, co-led by Fresh Energy, CUB Minnesota, and COPAL, is seeking proposals for a Campaign Coordinator to help build the campaign and be responsible for implementation of campaign strategies.
BIOFUELS: Minnesota will distribute more than $6 million in grants for fuel service stations to upgrade their infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol. (RFD-TV)
COMMENTARY: Ohio has an opportunity to leverage the Inflation Reduction Act to build more renewable energy projects and spur additional economic development, the state director for The Nature Conservancy writes. (Ohio Capital Journal)