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Developers: Obituaries for Ohio solar project are premature

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)

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