ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Industry experts say the UAW strike against Ford, GM and Stellantis is as much about the future of U.S. auto production and the transition to electric vehicles as it is about wages and benefits. (New York Times)

• Republican lawmakers criticize the Biden administration’s push to electric vehicles for causing uncertainty among U.S. auto workers. (Michigan Advance)
• Workers at an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, push for collective bargaining rights that include higher pay and safety protections. (ABC News)

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• A former U.S. Department of Energy official raises concerns about the government’s ability to accurately assess clean energy proposals after a recent error-filled analysis of a North Dakota carbon capture project. (Inside Climate News)
• University of North Dakota researchers receive $12.5 million in federal funding to study the feasibility of a facility that would capture carbon dioxide from ambient air for permanent underground storage. (Bismarck Tribune)

• An Ohio commission may decide today whether to open two state parks and two protected wildlife areas to oil and gas development, which would kick off a public bidding process. (Cleveland.com)
• North Dakota in July reached an all-time high for natural gas production and the number of producing wells. (Minot Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana clean energy employment grew by nearly 4% in 2022 as the sector far outnumbers fossil fuel-related employment, according to a new study. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

• A Minnesota judge dismisses misdemeanor criminal charges against Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke and two others accused of disrupting Line 3 construction in Minnesota. (Minnesota Reformer)
“• North Dakota regulators approve Summit Carbon Solutions’ request to reconsider the company’s proposed carbon pipeline route, and will decide whether local ordinances preempt the commission’s authority. (Inforum)

• DTE Energy begins a pilot project to bury five miles of power lines in Detroit neighborhoods to improve reliability. (Detroit Free Press)
• Population growth and oil and gas production are driving up electricity demand in North Dakota, highlighting a need for more transmission projects, according to a recent report by a state panel. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota officials will soon seek public input on how to implement a recent state law that aims to reduce industrial pollution in historically marginalized communities. (Sahan Journal)

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WASTE TO ENERGY: A Michigan county indefinitely delays plans for a $380 million project that includes a planned waste-to-energy biodigester as its business partner struggles to remain solvent. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)

• Carbon capture pipelines are efforts to “prop up the ethanol industry and make its product look more environmentally friendly at a time when cutting carbon emissions is a priority,” a columnist writes. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Ohio regulators should closely scrutinize FirstEnergy’s rate increase request to harden the power grid, given the company’s involvement in an ongoing corruption scandal, an editorial board writes. (Cleveland.com)

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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.