Keep up with energy-related developments in the Great Lakes area with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.
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Tax credits help lure solar-powered manufacturing plant, 60 new jobs to southern Illinois — Belleville News-Democrat
A new southern Illinois plant that will manufacture components for solar panels and electric vehicles also will be powered by a 15-acre onsite solar project.
Untapped solar potential awaits atop warehouse roofs — Energy News Network
Warehouse rooftops in Illinois and throughout the U.S. represent an untapped solar opportunity as land use tensions rise for projects.
Environmental groups celebrate a $40 million penalty against a BP subsidiary for allegedly violating federal pollution laws at an Indiana oil refinery.
Indiana is adding electric vehicle charging stations, but makes EV owners pay a fee. Why? — Indiana Public Radio
Clean energy advocates say Indiana’s registration fee on electric vehicles is unfair, especially to owners who just drive locally.
A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in support of state funding to repower a recently shuttered nuclear plant.
A central Michigan county will pause development on utility-scale wind and solar projects for a year as local officials craft new zoning regulations.
Michigan’s two largest utilities report that the vast majority of its electric vehicle-driving customers are charging their vehicles during off-peak times.
Ohio and Michigan groups aim to boost underrepresented entrepreneurs in clean energy — Energy News Network
Business incubators in Ohio and Michigan launch a joint program to help clean energy startups commercialize their products faster and recruit people of color, women, veterans and people with disabilities.
Efforts to change local zoning regulations to benefit wind development in eastern Michigan townships have sparked recall attempts against local officials.
Local officials say an impending Michigan coal plant closure opens a “unicorn opportunity” to redevelop 2,000 acres of lakefront property along Lake Michigan.
Poor air quality from Canadian wildfires is creating more urgency for major climate legislation in Michigan, though Democrats’ slim majority means they will likely have to compromise on more progressive aspects of a proposed bill.
Minneapolis will now ban heavy-polluting industries from opening facilities in the city, and prohibit the expansion of existing plants that mostly operate in communities of color.
Minnesota Emerges as the Midwest’s Leader in the Clean Energy Transition — Inside Climate News
Advocates say Minnesota has leapfrogged Illinois as a climate leader by passing a suite of new equitable clean energy transition legislation this session.
Xcel Energy moves to withdraw its proposal to build the country’s largest utility-owned electric vehicle charging network after Minnesota regulators approve less than half of the utility’s rate increase request.
On day one, Ohio gets eight applications to frack on state lands — Cleveland.com
On the first day of a new regulatory program, Ohio received eight applications to drill for oil and gas under state lands.
Bidding begins for oil and gas leases on public land in Ohio — Ohio Capital Journal
Industry groups praise a new Ohio program that opens state lands for oil and gas drilling, while environmental groups say it’s not compatible with climate and public health.
Fossil fuel companies request to drill for oil and gas beneath an Ohio state park and two wildlife refuges as a new regulatory program ramps up.
A bill moving through the Ohio legislature is among the latest that would prevent state pension boards from investing in funds that consider environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.
Ohio ranks fourth in the nation for anticipated renewable energy development this year, though a recent state law giving local governments more power to block projects is already stalling new applications.
2 Madison-area companies get federal money to help curb climate change through fusion energy — Wisconsin Public Radio
Two Madison, Wisconsin-area companies receive millions of dollars in federal climate funding to advance nuclear fusion technologies.
UK-based company to repurpose electric vehicle batteries in shuttered Chippewa Falls frac sand plant — Wisconsin Public Radio
A U.K. company is investing $15 million to redevelop a former Wisconsin frac sand processing facility as a site to repurpose electric vehicle batteries.
Congressional Republicans seek to cut the budgets of programs that support renewable energy projects on farms and in rural areas.
A Columbia Law School analysis finds 228 local restrictions across 35 states that aim to create legal and regulatory obstacles to renewable energy projects.
The federal Inflation Reduction Act has made the U.S. the “most attractive destination for global capital in clean energy and cleantech,” an analyst says as domestic clean energy manufacturing ramps up.