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Coal-friendly W.V. senator to lead Senate energy committee

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POLITICS: Coal-friendly West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin will lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

RENEWABLES:
• The U.S. will get more energy from wind and solar next year and less from coal, according to the Energy Department. (Houston Chronicle)
• Georgetown, Texas locked in long-term renewable contracts and was unable to sell the surplus this summer, putting it $6.5 million over budget. (KVUE)
Competitive bidding allows renewables to compete against fossil fuels in the Southeast. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A Texas co-op procures 26 MW of solar, with construction of one project set to be completed by the end of next year. (Power Engineering)
• Florida regulators extend Florida Power & Light’s voluntary solar partnership program for another year. (Florida Daily)
• Four Waynesboro, Virginia schools may install solar panels to help power operations. (Daily Progress)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Elon Musk announces a Tesla service center is coming to Knoxville, Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)  

PIPELINES: Virginia residents will discuss clean energy alternatives to natural gas pipelines at a town hall in Staunton tonight. (Augusta Free Press)

COAL: The Orlando Utilities Commission launches studies to determine whether it should shut down two coal-fired power plants. (Orlando Sentinel)

COAL ASH: Alabama Power says bills could increase next year because of efforts to close coal ash facilities. (Montgomery Advertiser)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. government is helping the natural gas industry make major profits at the expense of the environment. (Texas Tribune, Center for Public Integrity)
A West Virginia couple sues a natural gas facility that operates close to their property, alleging negligence because of fumes and odor. (West Virginia Record)  
Texas added 2,300 oil and gas jobs in October, marking 23 months of job growth, according to an industry association. (Houston Chronicle)
Siemens plans to dismiss 200 workers at a gas turbine plant in Houston because of low global demand. (Reuters)
Miami-Dade County officials look to get more compressed natural gas buses to replace their aging fleet. (Miami Today)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The renewed search for oil along Florida’s coastline could have major impacts on marine life. (Orlando Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas and the rest of America, not OPEC, are driving the global oil and gas market, an editorial board says. (Dallas Morning News)
• Local leaders in Florida are leading the fight against climate change, says a clean energy organization director. (Sun Sentinel)

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