SOLAR: Amazon announces it will back an 80 MW solar farm in Virginia, by far the state’s largest. (International Business Times)

ALSO:
• Business and minority groups file briefs opposing a solar power amendment in Florida. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Duke Energy sidesteps the solar debate in North Carolina. (Bloomberg)
• A 4 MW solar project is dedicated in Georgia. (Macon Telegraph)
• A major solar firm plans to expand its presence in South Carolina. (SeeNews)

EPA:
• The EPA announces it will seek emissions limits on airplanes. (New York Times)
• At a meeting in New Orleans, the new chairman of the Edison Electric Institute says the Clean Power Plan is President Obama’s “legacy.” (EnergyWire)

FRACKING: A poor North Carolina community becomes the center of a fight over fracking. (Winston-Salem Journal)

COAL: North Carolina lawmakers advance a bill to facilitate the replacement of the Asheville coal plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL ASH: In an interview, Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says the Dan River coal ash spill “never should have happened” but was “relatively small.” (Charlotte Business Journal)

PIPELINES: Advocates say an official transcript from a recent FERC meeting on a proposed natural gas pipeline is “literally incomprehensible.” (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

TRANSMISSION:
• Arkansas’ congressional delegation asks the Energy Department to extend the comment period on a proposed transmission line. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A French company plans a new manufacturing facility in Tennessee to supply the Plains and Eastern Clean Line and other projects. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

UTILITIES:
• Florida’s governor signs a bill making reforms to the state’s Public Service Commission. (SaintPetersBlog)
• The Sierra Club seeks to intervene in an Arkansas rate case. (Arkansas News)

COMMENTARY: In most states, it was another rough legislative session for the coal industry. (NRDC Switchboard)

Ken Paulman

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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