Appalachian Power plans to source 6 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2030 as critics call for more. (WVTF Public Radio)
Florida Power & Light’s bid to build a natural gas-fueled power plant draws the ire of opponents who claim it’s not needed. (WRLN Public Radio)
• A large bank says the odds of Florida-based NextEra Energy acquiring Hawaiian Electric are now 50-50.  (Pacific Business News)
What utilities should watch for at the Paris climate talks. (Utility Dive)

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• Google’s decision to buy renewable energy from Duke Energy at rates higher than those charged to similar customers sets an example for future clean energy purchases. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Southern Co. turns its eyes toward solar acquisitions in Texas. (Birmingham Business Journal)
• Florida economists estimate that a proposed, utility-backed, solar amendment to the state’s Constitution would not impact local or state government spending. (Saint Peters Blog)
• Reporters take a video tour of sprawling solar farms in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Homes that generate as much power as they use are becoming possible with proper orientations and new technologies. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A student competition at Virginia Tech spotlights efforts to conserve electricity and boost recycling. (Collegiate Times)
• Energy efficiency could significantly reduce costs of cutting carbon. (Energy Efficiency Markets)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Advocates and opponents differ sharply over the costs to comply. (ClimateWire)

BIOFUELS: An embattled EPA sets biofuels production targets for 2016. (The Washington Post)

GRID: Concerns vary after an imaginary assault on the nation’s power grid and the release of a book outlining various threats. (EnergyWire)

COAL: Appalachia grasps for hope as the future of coal grows bleaker. (Associated Press)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Jurors finish a seventh day of deliberations without issuing a long-awaited verdict. (WSAZ)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vows to undercut any pledge by President Obama at the Paris climate talks beginning today. (The Washington Post)
• The most important climate action the U.S. and other nations can take is to thaw the freeze on nuclear power. (The New York Times)
First Solar is among a growing list of companies set to develop solar projects in several Southeast states. (Seeking Alpha)

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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