ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Biden administration will offer $15.5 billion to help U.S. automakers retool existing manufacturing plants to produce electric vehicles, drawing support from organized labor amid contract disputes with automakers. (Canary Media, Detroit News)

ALSO: Advocates say it remains to be seen whether the U.S. EPA’s updated eligibility requirements will expand electric school bus funding opportunities for more Illinois school districts serving low-income students. (Inside Climate News)


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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota regulators will proceed with an environmental review of a 28-mile segment of a proposed carbon pipeline through part of the state. (Associated Press)
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds denies allegations that major campaign contributions from the influential founder of a carbon pipeline company have led to her influencing the project permitting process. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

SOLAR: Officials in Iowa’s second-most populous county are set to vote on new commercial solar regulations that include new setback distances and decommissioning requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND: After a downturn in 2022, the U.S. onshore wind industry is back to growth mode thanks in part to federal tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. (Inside Climate News)

UTILITIES: A Michigan Democratic lawmaker proposes legislation that would prohibit utilities like DTE Energy and Consumers Energy from making contributions to political action committees. (FOX 2)

GRID: CenterPoint Energy seeks public input in Indiana on its $514 million plan to upgrade transmission lines and other grid infrastructure. (WFIE)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy customers say the small payments they’re receiving as part of a bribery settlement with the utility come with significant restrictions on how they’re spent. (ABC 5)

OIL & GAS: A Trump-era rule allowing railroads to haul highly flammable liquefied natural gas will be put on hold as federal regulators further study safety concerns. (Associated Press)


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BIOFUELS: An ethanol producer reopens an Indiana production facility that shuttered indefinitely in 2019 over concerns about the federal government’s handling of renewable fuel exemptions for oil refineries. (Inside Indiana Business)

COMMENTARY: A former U.S. Department of Agriculture official and grain industry group leader says the carbon capture industry should not be deterred by “obstructionists” who seek to block carbon pipelines. (Des Moines Register)

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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.