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Alabama Power customers challenge high solar fees

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SOLAR: Alabama residents and solar groups will challenge Alabama Power’s residential solar fees —which they say are some of the highest in the nation — in front of utility regulators this week. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Shenandoah University in Virginia now has the largest rooftop solar system of any college or university in the state. (Winchester Star)
• Richmond, Virginia, will host a weeklong program to train up to 20 young people to install solar panels. (Richmond Free Press)
• Solar projects in Dougherty County, Georgia, and in Madison County, Tennessee, come online. (Albany Herald, WNBJ)
• A solar company plans to start building a Virginia county’s first solar farm by summer 2020. (Daily Press)

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EFFICIENCY: An effort to make Roanoke city buildings more efficient has reduced the city’s energy footprint 23% since 2012 and saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Makeup company Estee Lauder plans to source some of its energy from an Oklahoma wind farm. (ReNews)

RENEWABLES: NextEra Energy, the world’s first $100 billion utility that got its start in Florida, owes its rise to early investments in renewables. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Dominion Energy chooses an electric, driverless shuttle bus to use as a pilot project. (Fairfax Times)
• Duke Energy funds several new electric vehicle charging stations in the Triangle area of North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: Two coal companies plan to open new mines in West Virginia even as the industry continues to decline. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Activists are organizing a protest of Jacobs Engineering, the contractor hired by TVA to oversee the cleanup of the 2008 coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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OIL & GAS: Texas energy companies are cutting their workforces as the industry slows down. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: More than 100 Georgia Power customers speak out against proposed rate hikes. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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