SOLAR: Developers of a major Ohio solar project say a recent decision by Ohio regulators won’t derail their plans, saying “this project is too good to fail.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

GRID: A Q&A with Willett Kempton, a Delaware researcher who published a recent paper saying the U.S. could be powered by primarily renewable energy both cheaply and reliably. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: Risk experts see climate change as a major threat to the global economy, and churches join colleges divesting their endowments of fossil fuels assets. (ClimateWire, InsideClimate News)

OIL: North Dakota regulators seek more funding to defend the state’s oil industry from federal regulators, and a federal review finds a worrisome number of computer attacks on pipeline infrastructure. (Associated Press, New York Times)

NATURAL GAS: Ohio could end regulated pricing of natural gas as early as 2017, and renewal of a federal tax credit pushes prices of compressed natural gas below $1 a gallon in Oklahoma. (Columbus Dispatch, The Oklahoman)

WIND: The Port of Milwaukee says its wind turbine along Lake Michigan is turning a profit; and developers file a formal application for a wind farm north of Milwaukee, where some neighbors have already formed an opposition group. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sheboygan Press)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin county where local officials are under fire for close ties to the frac sand industry approves two mining projects, and a Minnesota town considers moratoriums on sand processing and additional truck traffic within city limits. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Winona Daily News)

MEDIA: The New York Times dismantles its environmental desk, but says the move is to make its reporting — including on climate change — less “singular and isolated.” (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY: David Roberts explains why he’s an “alarmist” about climate change, a Harvard economist says the green stimulus was a success, and why a passenger railroad that turns a profit is doing it wrong. (Grist, Washington Post, GetEnergySmartNow)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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