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WISCONSIN: A leading Tea Party activist will be in Wisconsin next week to advocate for solar power and other distributed renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL: A Coast Guard commander says emergency responders are not prepared for a major oil spill in the Great Lakes, and Statoit is expanding a project to capture natural gas in North Dakota’s oil patch. (Detroit Free Press, Associated Press)

FRACKING: A Yale study finds people living near gas wells are twice as likely to experience respiratory and skin problems, a former Ohio steel mill will become a logistics hub for drilling operations, and industry groups will seek changes to Illinois’ proposed fracking regulations. (USA Today, Columbus Business First, Associated Press)

POLITICS: A former Murray Energy foreman sues the company, saying she was fired for not making political contributions to the CEO’s preferred candidates. (Charleston Gazette)

EPA: A letter from 15 Republican governors claims proposed EPA carbon restrictions would violate federal law, and a judge rules a former EPA official can’t testify on behalf of a utility in a Missouri pollution case. (The Hill)

COAL: Peabody Energy’s CEO explains how to improve coal’s image. (Wall Street Journal)

SOLAR: When accounting for small projects, new solar capacity outpaced natural gas in the first half of 2014; and a Cedar Rapids apartment building claims the largest multi-tenant solar project in the Midwest. (Greentech Media, KGAN)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear opponents call for a formal hearing over cracks in the concrete structure at Ohio’s Davis-Besse plant. (Toledo Blade)

BIOFUEL: The University of Iowa experiments with a tropical tallgrass as a biofuel stock. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

SMART METERS: An Illinois utility is keeping consumer energy data locked down until regulators clarify how it can be used. (Chicago Tribune)

SECURITY: Experts say it’s extremely unlikely that hackers could cause sustained outages on the U.S. grid. (Politico)

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WIND: Wind turbines at an Ohio Honda plant are producing more energy than expected. (Bellefontaine Examiner)

COMMENTARY: A legal challenge could be Republicans’ best shot at derailing EPA carbon rules. (The New Republic)

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