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Appeals court rejects challenge to Minnesota wind farm

WIND: A Minnesota appeals court rejects a challenge from opponents of the Goodhue Wind project that sought to require developers to abide by a restrictive county ordinance. (Rochester Post-Bulletin)

OIL: InsideClimate News publishes the first installment of a three-part investigative series on the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill. The report is also available as an e-book. (KMOX)

MEANWHILE: Landowners in Michigan and Indiana get a firsthand look at Enbridge’s plans to expand the Line 6B pipeline – the source of the 2010 spill. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

FRACKING: As the public increasingly demands disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking operations, drilling companies remain determined to keep their formulas from competitors; and Obama officials say federal fracking regulations are on track to be completed by the end of the year despite extension of a public comment period. (EnergyWire, The Hill)

ALSO: A Michigan man says newly released emails show two major drilling companies colluded to drive down the price of his land, costing him as much as $54 million. (Reuters)

COAL: Chicago-based Exelon could take as much as a 40 percent discount in the sale of a Maryland coal plant, the first such sale in four years, indicating a steep devaluation for much of the nation’s coal fleet. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: Facing millions of dollars in upgrades and repairs to the city’s stormwater system, Duluth officials consider how to plan for stronger storms in a warming climate. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: A St. Louis bar owner prevails in his effort to install solar panels atop his historic building, as a city preservation board grants him a variance and votes to further study how to accommodate renewable energy projects in historic districts. (KMOX)

TRANSPORTATION: Six months after a post-crash-test fire in a Chevy Volt fueled nationwide media hysteria over electric cars, General Motors announced it is recalling half a million gasoline-powered Chevy Cruzes because of an engine fire risk. (Detroit Free Press)

NORTH DAKOTA: At a renewable energy summit in Bismarck, North Dakota officials say the state’s energy policy should provide a model for the rest of the nation to follow. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: A California company announces a $29, 60W-equivalent LED bulb that you can control with your smartphone. (Treehugger)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts says it’s time to stop giving coal companies a sweetheart deal on public lands, and Tina Casey says programs like the USDA’s REAP grants are a more effective job creator that the Keystone XL pipeline. (Grist, CleanTechnica)

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