• In a 4-3 vote, the Florida Supreme Court authorizes a utility-backed constitutional amendment on its November general election ballot, critics vow to defeat it. (Miami Herald, Orlando Weekly)
• Here’s how the proposed solar amendment in Florida will read on its November ballot. (Saint Peters Blog)

ALSO: A Louisville, Kentucky resident’s rooftop solar system collides with a neighborhood’s historic preservation rules. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

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• 135,000 — and counting — pre-order Tesla’s new $35,000 Model 3 as it draws hundreds to its showrooms, including one near Atlanta. (The Wall Street Journal / Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Tesla spars with auto dealers at a hearing over its proposed retail outlet in Richmond, Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Wind-generated power via the interstate Clean Line project could offer power to utilities in North Carolina. (Public News Service)

• A concrete company is negotiating to buy some of Duke Energy’s coal ash for building roads and bridges. (Charlotte Observer)
• Excavation of a large Duke Energy disposal site could take until 2032, three years longer than it previously stated. (Hickory Record)

Thousands of miners and supporters from Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere are set to rally today near Pittsburgh over bankrupt companies dumping their benefits. (West Virginia Metro News)
• Ahead of next Wednesday’s sentencing, convicted coal executive Don Blankenship asks to remain free pending an appeal. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

CLIMATE: Alabama’s attorney general joins Oklahoma in saying a New York-led investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate disclosures stifles the debate on climate. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: A Virginia company unveils a fuel for reactors that it claims will make plants safer and less expensive to operate. (MIT Technology Review)

EFFICIENCY: An environmental education center on Virginia’s coast is set to be certified as the newest “Living Building” in the world. (Triple Pundit)

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TECHNOLOGY: Southern Company opens an innovation center at Georgia Tech. (Birmingham Business Journal)

• Coal ash cleanup is paying off in South Carolina. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• Solar energy can help farmers in North Carolina and elsewhere stay in business. (Shelby Star)
• The head of an economic development group in eastern North Carolina makes the case for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Fayetteville Observer)
• Defending Florida’s environment depends on beating back multiple oil industry initiatives. (Earth Island Journal)
• An attorney for Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce slams the Obama administration’s rejection of drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

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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