OIL & GAS: Dozens of Ohio residents say their names and contact information were used without their knowledge or permission in public comments urging a state commission to allow fracking in state parks. (Cleveland.com)

• Illinois officials announce that a China-based company plans to build a $2 billion battery manufacturing plant that could create up to 2,600 jobs. (Reuters)
• A pair of neighboring factories in Lordstown, Ohio, help illustrate the changes facing automakers and unions. (CNN)

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• The fate of the Dakota Access pipeline remains unclear after a federal draft environmental study avoids recommending whether it should receive a key easement to keep operating near tribal land. (E&E News)
• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the environmental review should be scrapped and restarted to avoid conflicts of interest while maintaining calls to shut down Dakota Access. (Common Dreams)
• GOP presidential candidate and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum disputes an Iowa resident’s claims at a public rally that he supports eminent domain for carbon capture pipelines. (NBC News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A coalition of 25 Indiana organizations urges state officials to ensure equity is considered as the state spends at least $100 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Inside Indiana Business)

• An Indiana resident who was unable to install solar on his own rooftop now works with local nonprofits to secure federal incentives for their projects. (Canary Media)
• A Rapid City, South Dakota, apartment development would include enough solar panels to offset all of its electricity use. (South Dakota Searchlight)

WASTE TO ENERGY: Despite mounting public opposition and pollution concerns to a downtown Minneapolis trash incinerator, a draft state plan views incinerators as an asset for managing waste. (Sahan Journal)

GRID: A growing number of cybersecurity and physical attacks on the U.S. power grid alarms experts who say communication gaps between law enforcement and regulators have left leaders in the dark about the extent of the threats. (Politico)

UTILITIES: Multiple Kansas school districts say Evergy’s proposed rate increases would force them to increase class sizes to cut costs and strain their teacher recruitment efforts. (Kansas City Star)

WIND: Clean energy advocates say wind energy is a key revenue generator and economic development tool in rural Iowa counties. (KMALand)

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HYDROGEN: Environmental watchdogs warn of the renewable natural gas industry’s push to secure tax credits for producers who use carbon offsets to claim fossil fuel-based hydrogen is clean. (Canary Media)

COMMENTARY: A columnist highlights the growing opposition among residents in a metro St. Louis community who say overly burdensome regulations are hamstringing home solar installations. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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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.