COAL: The cleanup of Alpha Natural Resources’ mining operations hinges on its now approved plan to emerge from bankruptcy. (Washington Post)

Arch Coal says its has cleared key hurdles to emerge from bankruptcy. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• A letter-writing campaign to the imprisoned former CEO of Massey Energy Don Blankenship vents frustration with how he ran the mining company. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The trial for a class-action lawsuit over a spill in West Virginia of a coal-cleansing chemical is rescheduled for October 25. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• Exports from the nation’s largest coal terminal in Hampton Roads, Virginia are down nearly 30 percent from the same period in 2015. (The Virginian-Pilot)

TRANSPORTATION: In Chattanooga, Tennessee – once dubbed the “dirtiest city in America” – clean transportation is thriving. (Southeast Energy News)

North Carolina’s green push helps it land more than half the money in a federal rural loan program. (Greensboro News & Record)
• A panel manufacturer in Mississippi cuts its staffing goal in half. (Mississippi Business Journal)
• Southern Co. and Ted Turner’s renewables business ink their second purchase of a solar system in North Carolina. (SeeNews)
• A home builder in South Carolina looks to replicate its success with solar. (GSA Business)
• The latest cooperative in Virginia to help homeowners go solar forms on the state’s peninsula. (Daily Press)

NUCLEAR: The board of directors of Santee Cooper in South Carolina authorizes it to “fix” certain costs of two reactors under construction. (The Berkeley Independent)

• The cause and responsibility for arsenic found in the lake that supplies Charlotte with water have yet to be determined. (Charlotte Observer)
• The test of a well at a Georgia Power plant reveals elevated levels of arsenic. (Savannah Morning News)

CLIMATE: Commissioners in Miami-Dade County suggest developers there should pay “impact fees” to deal with rising sea levels. (Miami New Times)

• The spokesman for a gas-processing plant in Mississippi balks at predicting when it will restart after a June 27 explosion there. (Associated Press)
• Officials in Henrico County, Virginia are monitoring a petroleum spill. (RVA News)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Alabama Power says his mission is “to make Alabama a better place.” (Alabama Media Group)

WEST VIRGINIA: Elected officials scramble to deal with the drop in state revenues due to coal’s decline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

PIPELINES: Southern Co. agrees to by a one-half stake in a pipeline system from Kinder Morgan. (Fuel Fix)

• Utilities are finding their way to higher profits through natural gas pipelines paid for by captive customers. (Power for the People VA)
• A shuffle by North Carolina lawmakers resembles the “electric slide” dance. (Greensboro News & Record)
• Predictable energy costs for web server farms in Virginia and elsewhere lead Amazon and others to contract for renewable energy. (Greentech Media)
• The federal government should heed South Carolina mayors and other officials and halt moves to authorize offshore drilling there. (The Post and Courier)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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