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Coal-reliant states still want renewables, survey shows

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BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods says its plan to cover and capture gas from thousands of its hog manure pits is driven by a commitment to reduce its climate footprint. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Americans in coal-reliant states like Virginia and Tennessee favor increasing renewable energy use, according to a new survey. (CBS News)

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SOLAR:
Sunnova says it will bring a solar-plus-storage system to Texas homeowners. (Houston Chronicle)
Solar energy use in Florida will increase 44 percent over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Florida regulators. (Solar Industry)
Gatesville, Texas begins building a solar array at its water treatment plant, which is expected to cut costs by $15,000 a year. (KXXV)
Lebanon, Tennessee installs more than 6,500 solar panels at a water treatment plant and water department. (Wilson Post)

WIND: More than half of the concrete foundations for Xcel Energy’s 239-turbine wind farm in Texas are complete, and the project is expected to be done in 2019. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
SCANA executives misled South Carolina utility regulators about the expected cost of a failed nuclear project more than two years before it was abandoned, according to testimony during hearings. (Post and Courier)  
Dominion Energy’s offer to buy SCANA could shift the outcome of the case over who bears responsibility for South Carolina’s failed nuclear plant. (Associated Press)
South Carolina utility SCE&G says regulators should bear most of the responsibility for the failed project. (E&E News, subscription)
Critics of the Vogtle nuclear plant argue in court that Georgia regulators broke the rules last year when they voted to keep the project going. (WABE)
Georgia’s long struggle with the Vogtle nuclear power plant could illustrate the shaky future of nuclear energy in the U.S. (Mashable)

COAL: The U.S. is on track this year to retire a record of 15.4 GW of coal-fired capacity, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH:
Tennessee Valley Authority hosts a public meeting about coal ash ponds, but environmental advocates say little notice was given about it. (Memphis Flyer)
• Environmental lawyers redouble efforts to get TVA to remove coal ash from an unlined pit on the Cumberland River.  (Nashville Public Radio)

PIPELINES:
• The natural gas industry and regulators have known about the dangers of leaking gas pipelines for decades but most haven’t fixed risky cast iron pipes. (USA Today)
Augusta County, Virginia officials deny a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline storage yard. (News Virginian)
Parts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline won’t start up until mid-2020 and will cost more than previously thought, Dominion Energy says. (Natural Gas Intel)

OIL & GAS: Corpus Christi, Texas officials say a drinking water reservoir isn’t at risk from new oil and gas drilling underneath it. (San Antonio Express-News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Pressure and temperature changes, not toxic deep sea chemical dispersants, helped break up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a new study says. (The Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks often about the importance of environmental justice, but his actions with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline don’t show it, two activists say. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Coal doesn’t make financial sense in Texas or elsewhere around the U.S., an engineering professor writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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