EFFICIENCY: A Charlotte efficiency program becomes the model for a national energy-savings push from the White House. (Charlotte Business Journal)

POLICY: A proposed budget compromise from North Carolina lawmakers would eliminate the state’s 35 percent tax credit on solar and other renewable projects. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CLIMATE: A coalition of advocates pushes the White House to stop fossil fuel leasing on public lands, including Atlantic offshore oil reserves. (Newport News Daily Press)

SOLAR: A North Carolina church is planning a 5 MW solar project on a nearby pasture. (Gaston Gazette)

• A judge rejects North Carolina regulators’ efforts to prevent Duke Energy from moving ash from three power plants. (Al Jazeera) 
• Coal ash removal at the Dan River plant could begin this fall. (Greensboro News & Record)

• The assessed value of West Virginia’s coal reserves and mining infrastructure has fallen more than $1 billion since 2013. (Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)
• West Virginia officials seek to lower taxes on mining equipment. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A judge orders a Kentucky coal executive to stop harassing safety inspectors. (Lexington Herald Leader)

FRACKING: A North Carolina county moves to block fracking shortly after a survey reveals potential for shale development. (Winston-Salem Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: A Mississippi town considers whether to allow low-speed golf carts to operate as taxis. (Oxford Citizen)

• A closer look at the fossil fuel groups attacking net metering. (Media Matters)
• Florida solar policy “is not an issue that should be decided by the special interest with the deepest pockets.” (Tampa Bay Times)

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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