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Chattanooga set to build community solar system

SOLAR:
• Chattanooga’s electric utility decides to build a community solar system and sell the power to the TVA. (The Chattanoogan)
• A leasing option is boosting solar energy in South Carolina. (Charleston Post and Courier)
• The Pentagon is betting heavily on securing energy from solar and wind energy projects in Georgia and elsewhere. (The Washington Post)

WIND: Dominion Resources will try a second time to source a wind energy system off Virgini’s coast. (Bloomberg)

BIOMASS: The loss of a U.K. biomass subsidy delivers a big blow to the wood pellet industry in nine Southeast states. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Twenty-eight new charging stations are coming to northeast Florida. (Florida Times-Union)

VOLKSWAGON EMISSIONS: Research by West Virginia University on certain diesel-fueled vehicles by VW helped determine how it cheated on emissions tests. (Associated Press)

NORTH CAROLINA: A final budget deal seals the fate of the state’s renewable energy tax credit: it will expire at year’s end. (SNL)

PIPELINES:
• The owners of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline designed to deliver fracked natural gas to the Southeast formally submit their application to the federal government. (Associated Press)
• Questions abound over how Georgia lawmakers will address the proposed Palmetto Pipeline route through the eastern part of the state. (Morris News Service)
• The federal government is expected to issue new pipeline safety regulations. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES:
• Charlotte-based Duke Energy has taken almost $1 billion in charges against earnings since 2010 for cost overruns at a coal gasification plant in Indiana. (Charlotte Business Journal)
NRG Energy is scaling back its ambitious renewable energy plans to focus on its traditional power generation business. (The Wall Street Journal)

CLIMATE: The South Carolina Aquarium is seeking funding to study how climate change will impact coastal cities. (Charleston Post and Courier)

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