SOLAR: A Kansas co-op announces plans for the state’s largest solar array. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO: Why a senator’s ties to a solar company could complicate a trade dispute with China, and the Navy pursues technology to beam solar energy down from space. (SNL, Wired)

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OIL: A drilling company could be fined for not adequately protecting North Dakota oil wells from floodwaters. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: How North Carolina legislators protected Duke Energy from liability for its coal ash pits. (Associated Press)

COAL: The Sierra Club says video footage shows a Kentucky coal plant dumping polluted wastewater “almost daily” into the Ohio River; and William Koch, brother of politically active Charles and David Koch, says “the coal business in the United States has kind of died.” (ClimateWire)

WIND: A South Dakota tribe wins a federal grant they hope will kick-start development of a planned 7,000-acre wind farm, and regulators approve plans for a new wind farm in western Ohio. (Rapid City Journal, Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Regulators say a piece of metal lodged in the reactor vessel of a recently restarted Michigan nuclear plant doesn’t pose a safety hazard, and shale may provide a solution for nuclear waste storage. (MLive, Bloomberg)

ETHANOL: Ethanol profits in 2013 were the second highest on record. (Des Moines Register)

EFFICIENCY: A Michigan utility announces a “Battle of the Buildings” efficiency competition. (CBS Detroit)

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TRANSPORTATION: Caterpiller files a formal complaint in its dispute over a contract for high-speed rail locomotives in Illinois. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Why it’s too soon to write off the Energiewende. (The Energy Collective)

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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