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Critic of oil industry wins North Dakota tribal election

• A candidate critical of rapid oil industry expansion wins a tribal election in North Dakota (background story here). (Bismarck Tribune, Energywire)
• Three out of four Ohio towns reject anti-fracking measures. (Midwest Energy News)
• North Dakota voters soundly reject a measure to set aside oil and gas revenue for conservation. (Governing Magazine)
• Tom Steyer’s cash infusion wasn’t enough to swing key Senate races. (National Journal)
• Despite a recent poll showing a close race, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton easily defeats a pro-climate action challenger. (The Hill)

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SOLAR: A Washington-based solar manufacturer plans to open a plant in Minneapolis next year. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO: A new report says there is still no consistent method for calculating solar’s actual value to the grid. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS: As earnings fall, a North Dakota company is getting out of oil production and focusing on refining; and a natural gas pipeline rupture shuts down a highway near Williston for two hours. (Bismarck Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: “It’s no longer if, but when, LEDs will take over” as lighting technology continues to improve(Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: A new report shows some improvement in rail delays but not enough to alleviate farmers’ concerns. (Forum News Service)

TRANSMISSION: American Electric Power says new transmission lines in central Ohio will help improve reliability. (Columbus Business First)

HYDROPOWER: FERC licenses new hydro projects in Ohio and Indiana. (news release)

COMMENTARY: Climate policy was one of the biggest losers of the 2014 election, but there may be a silver lining for climate advocates. (Vox, Discover)

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