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Grant to help South Dakota tribe launch major wind farm

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)

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