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Can a former S.C. Republican lawmaker convince the GOP to support climate action?

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CLIMATE: Former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis is on a mission to convince fellow conservatives to support climate action. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: West Virginia’s forests face harms from climate change, but state lawmakers continue to push fossil fuel industry interests. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, InsideClimate News)

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SOLAR:
• Facing pushback from customers over a residential solar fee, Alabama Power argues that “there is a cost” to supplying backup power. (E&E News)
• A nonprofit solar organization is helping Virginia homeowners and businesses invest in and install solar. (CNS)
• Virginia regulators approve Appalachian Power’s first industrial-scale solar farm. (News & Advance)
• Little Rock, Arkansas’s sewer board approves a contract to buy solar energy that’s expected to save the utility $2.7 million over the next 25 years. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy form a partnership to expand their efforts to turn pig manure into renewable natural gas. (NPR)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina lawmakers agreed to hire a consumer advocate to represent ratepayers on the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project — but 18 months later, the position isn’t filled. (Associated Press)
South Carolina utility Santee Cooper is opposing Dominion Energy’s efforts to move a case over the nuclear project from state to federal court. (Berkeley Independent)
• South Carolina may secure a new home for its nuclear stockpile in New Mexico, if the state agrees to take it. (Post and Courier)
• Georgia Power’s expansion of Plant Vogtle is falling further behind schedule, according to state regulators. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Federal nuclear regulators say a former executive overseeing Plant Vogtle construction engaged in “deliberate misconduct,” ousting an employee for raising safety concerns. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL:
• A West Virginia community remembers the 78 miners who died in a mine explosion in November 1968. (Dominion Post)
• The next opportunity for Congress to vote on a bill to fund miners’ pensions and healthcare will be just before Christmas. (WOWK)
• The leader of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign discusses the decline of coal, the rise of natural gas and the environmental bona fides of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators will consider public comments on a proposal for a $2.15 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging the Mountain Valley Pipeline caused environmental damage. (Roanoke Times)
• Some Texas landowners are rejecting Kinder Morgan’s offers for the Permian Highway Pipeline to run through their land and winning awards vastly greater. (KUT)
• There are 20 natural gas pipeline projects in the works in Louisiana as the pipeline industry expands in the state, according to federal data. (WAFB)

OIL & GAS: A Texas liquefied natural gas company got a federal permit for its proposed export terminal, but the state permit is tied up in a legal process that could take four more months. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• The newly approved low rates utilities will pay for solar in South Carolina are ridiculous, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• Local officials in Texas should begin planning for construction of three liquefied natural gas plants since they got approval from FERC, an editorial board says. (Brownsville Herald)

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