• A federal appeals court ruled the EPA complied with the law in deciding which areas of the country, including Mississippi, failed to meet federal ozone limits. (Associated Press)
• A nonprofit is circulating a petition to ask Virginia to install air monitors near a Dominion coal export facility in Newport News. (The Daily Press)

• EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan has been submitted to the White House for a final rule to be released by around Labor Day. (National Journal)
• A FERC commissioner says the Clean Power Plan’s carbon rule may usurp state powers. (EnergyWire)
• As a presidential candidate, how will South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham address climate change? (Daily Climate)
• County-level data illustrate how Americans love renewable energy but fewer than half don’t believe climate change is hurting the U.S. (Vox)

COAL: At least one shuttered Appalachian Power coal-fired power plant might resume operations. (The Charleston Gazette)

FRACKING: A panel advising Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is recommending drillers disclose the chemicals they use. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A proposed 28-megawatt solar energy facility near Charlotte is set for final approval by county commissioners. (Charlotte Observer)

Energy efficiency initiatives in Southeast cities are creating jobs and saving money. (NRDC Switchboard)
Entergy Arkansas exceeded its 2014 energy-savings goals by 3%. (Platts)

PIPELINES: A pipeline in the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock ruptured releasing about 4 million cubic feet of natural gas. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

NUCLEAR: The federal government fined an Oak Ridge National Lab contractor for exposing workers to dangerous levels of highly enriched uranium. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

HYDROPOWER: A judge has overturned the denial of a water quality permit blocking the licensing of a hydroelectric station on the Yadkin River in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

POLITICS: With donations from Dominion Virginia Power and others, unopposed lawmakers are amassing cash to strengthen their incumbencies. (The Virginian-Pilot)

• The former CEO of Bank of America opines how solar could make North Carolina the next Silicon Valley. (The News & Observer)
• An editorial opposes drilling offshore North Carolina purely on a risk-reward basis. (The Outer Banks Voice)
• Some Virginia schools are investing in solar to save money and teach students. (Power for the People VA blog)
•  Look out for EPA’s next “chomp-chomp-chomp” regulatory crusade, this one to reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks. (Charleston Daily Mail).

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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