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Chicago Mayor Receives Blueprint for ’Green New Deal’ to Address Environmental Justice — Inside Climate News
Advocates deliver Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson a local “Green New Deal” proposal that aims to tackle energy affordability, clean energy job opportunities, and environmental justice curricula in schools.
Peoria, Illinois, files a petition to intervene in a developer’s request to build a carbon capture pipeline because the city’s fire department would likely be called to assist in a potential incident.
Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, is set to become the first municipality in the Midwest to ban natural gas in new construction, after passing a new city ordinance in June.
Federal judge dismisses Madigan-related bribery charge against ComEd — Chicago Sun-Times
ComEd will no longer face criminal charges after a federal judge dismissed bribery charges against the utility related to a scheme that led to the indictment of former House Speaker Michael Madigan and the conviction of former executives.
The Illinois Supreme Court suspends the law licenses of former ComEd CEO Ann Pramaggiore and a former lobbyist following their felony bribery convictions.
Commission to consider commercial solar — The Republic
An Indiana city considers local commercial solar zoning regulations that could differ from rules adopted at the county level.
A new report recommends transitioning Michigan’s power grid to smaller, decentralized generation sources to meet expected shifts in demand caused by electrification and electric vehicles.
Michigan gets nearly $15M federal grant to improve power grid resilience — MLive
A nearly $15 million federal grant will help Michigan plan for improved grid reliability and non-wire alternatives.
Army Corps limits scope of Line 5 tunnel environmental review — Michigan Advance
In a setback for environmental groups, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will limit the scope of its Line 5 pipeline environmental review to an underwater section in the Straits of Mackinac.
A downed power line caused a 225-acre wildfire in northern Michigan that is now 80% contained, according to state officials.
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE: Faculty seeks review of president’s behavior with protesters — Traverse City Record-Eagle
Faculty at a northern Michigan college requested a third-party inquiry into the school president’s recent physical confrontation with Line 5 pipeline opponents.
Michigan regulators are investigating Consumers Energy over alleged broken smart meters, over-billing and service delays after the company transitioned from 3G to 4G technology early this year.
State and local programs to reduce Michigan ratepayers’ energy burden show promising results, and in one case reduced program participants’ energy costs by 70% by pairing community solar with weatherization.
Detroit-based DTE Energy’s proposed long-term energy plan reached in agreement with clean energy groups is the latest example of an investor-owned utility hastening its renewable energy transition.
Michigan’s solar workforce grew by 3.3% in 2022 to more than 4,000 jobs, despite market conditions that led to a broader slowdown of large projects.
A Michigan judge denies landowners’ request to halt construction on a major electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant.
BWL plans $750M investment in green energy over 10 years — Lansing State Journal
Michigan’s largest municipal utility plans to spend $750 million over the next 10 years to build hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy and battery storage.
Michigan will join 26 other states in requiring insurance companies based in the state to report their climate-related risks and mitigation strategies for a national survey.
E-bikes are pricey, but Minnesota is offering buyer rebates next year — Spokesman-Recorder
Minnesota next year will start to offer rebates of up to $1,500, based on income, for electric bikes as consumer interest grows.
Two Minnesota agencies say Xcel Energy has failed to meet expectations with electric vehicle charging pilot programs, and support the company’s decision to withdraw a $330 million electric vehicle initiative.
Minneapolis leaders seek to raise fees on electric and gas bills to generate $8 million to $10 million a year to pay for home weatherization projects, solar installations and other climate change measures.
Groundwater containing radioactive tritium that leaked from a Minnesota nuclear plant may have reached the edge of the Mississippi River, though at levels not harmful to public health, Xcel Energy says.
Activists rally to prevent fracking under Ohio’s largest state park — Allegheny Front
Activists work to build opposition to drilling for oil and gas under public land in Ohio.
An Ohio court is set to rule on whether lawmakers violated the state constitution with bill amendments that labeled natural gas as “green energy” and changed an existing law to accelerate oil and gas drilling from public lands.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently vetoed legislation that would have allowed utilities to charge customers to build infrastructure for speculative economic development projects.
A well strike in Ohio that caused a natural gas release led officials to evacuate people within one mile of the incident.
Local officials raise concerns about a company’s experimental project to inject chemicals into groundwater to help reduce a sulfate plume near a shuttered coal plant along the Ohio River.
Former House Speaker Larry Householder appeals his 20-year prison sentence two weeks after being convicted for his role in the state’s largest corruption scheme.
Fired First Energy executives team up with others suing to get FE report on Ohio scandal — Ohio Capital Journal
Two former FirstEnergy executives join a legal effort to force the utility to release an internal investigation into wrongdoing during the HB6 bribery scandal.
Lobbyist Matt Borges appeals his 5-year sentence on a racketeering conviction related to the HB 6 scandal.
State lawmakers squabble over repealing coal plant subsidies and other provisions from 2019’s HB 6 law following convictions in the public corruption scheme tied to the legislation.
A Wisconsin county narrowly approves a resolution that encourages businesses and manufacturers to consider rooftop solar opportunities to avoid large-scale projects on agricultural land.
Appeals court finds in favor of controversial power line in western Wisconsin — Wisconsin State Journal
A federal appeals court says environmental groups cannot challenge a Wisconsin transmission line’s route through a wildlife refuge until after federal regulators make a final decision on the project.
As Budget Talks Heat Up in Congress, Republicans Ramp Up Attacks on Climate Spending — Inside Climate News
Congressional Republicans are ramping up their attacks on climate and clean energy spending with new bills to block provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act as well as emission-reduction policies.