GRID: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker vetoes portions of a bill that would have given downstate utility Ameren Illinois first rights to build transmission projects, which Pritzker said would have increased ratepayer costs. (St. Louis Public Radio)

BATTERIES: A planned $2.4 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in rural Michigan is emerging as a test case for the complexities of climate change politics. (HuffPost)

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• At a Wisconsin wind turbine manufacturing plant, President Biden says the Inflation Reduction Act and bipartisan infrastructure law are driving private investment in clean energy and electric vehicles. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• On the anniversary of the law, Wisconsin labor leaders say the Inflation Reduction Act is driving local hiring by offering employers incentives for hiring apprentices and using prevailing wages. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Michigan Democrats say the federal law is delivering both clean energy and public health benefits. (Michigan Advance)
• Republicans are struggling to manufacture a scandal around the Inflation Reduction Act, in part because GOP congressional districts have captured most of the jobs and private investments from the law. (Inside Climate News)

• Minnesota does not allow the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines, which has created vastly different attitudes toward proposed projects than in neighboring Iowa and South Dakota. (Star Tribune)
• Presidential candidate and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says he is confident that a carbon pipeline will be built through the state despite a recent permitting denial. (AgWeek)
• An Illinois county recently took additional steps to block carbon pipeline development with a moratorium on underground storage after blocking construction permits earlier this year. (Illinois Times)
• A North Dakota official says carbon capture is needed to sustain the state’s oil production long term via enhanced oil recovery. (KFYR)

• Officials in Iowa’s second-most populous county are set to consider utility-scale solar restrictions that include vegetation requirements, setback distances and noise limitations. (KCRG)
• A Minnesota utility completes a sprawling 49 MW solar project — after repairing wires that were dug up by pocket gophers. (Inforum)
• Kansas City officials advance plans for a large solar project at the city’s airport. (KSHB)
• Akron, Ohio, officials issue a request for proposals to redevelop a former landfill with 77 acres of solar. (Solar Builder)

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GEOTHERMAL: A Minnesota city hall is adding two geothermal wells to power its heating and cooling operations and help advance the city’s 100% renewable energy goal by 2030. (KTTC)

COMMENTARY: A conservative political activist in Wisconsin says campaigning on climate action can be a winning recipe for Republican candidates in next year’s election. (Journal Sentinel)

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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.