STORAGE: Dominion Energy is looking at sites in southwest Virginia to invest more than $1.8 billion in a pumped hydroelectric storage station, which could be a “game-changer” for the region. (Beckley Register-Herald)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The U.S. Conference of Mayors concluded in Florida with a unanimous commitment from more than 250 cities to run completely on renewable energy sources in two decades. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light is partnering with the Naples Zoo to install more than 700 solar power panels there. (Naples Daily News)
• A report released Monday says Georgia-based Suniva’s request to impose tariffs on solar panels could devastate the U.S. industry, wiping out two-thirds of solar systems anticipated to be installed over the next five years. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: An agreement is reached with Westinghouse to allow construction to continue into August at the Summer nuclear plant while the project’s ultimate fate is decided. (Charlotte Business Journal)

BIODIESEL: Florida Power & Light will supply two million gallons a year of biodiesel from sources including corn, soybeans and used cooking oil to the nearly complete Brightline passenger train project. (South Florida Business Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Opponents of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline plan to set up a protest camp similar to the one in opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• The Sierra Club condemned FERC’s final review of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying the review didn’t adequately address the threats the project poses. (news release)

COAL: A national coal group opposes a bill that would accelerate the release of $1 billion for reclamation projects on abandoned mine lands in order to to spur development in places hurt by the industry downturn. (Lexington Herald Leader)

CARBON CAPTURE: Industry analysts say the possible end to Southern Co.’s flagship “clean coal” project in Mississippi is not the death knell for carbon capture technology. (E&E News)

OIL AND GAS: Scientists think they know what happened to the oil plume from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Phys.org)

COMMENTARY:
• A Kentucky lawmaker who sponsored a bill to help boost communities hurt by coal’s decline says the RECLAIM Act is “a grand slam that will bring home supplemental resources to rescue coal country.” (Lexington Herald Leader)
• South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper should provide nuclear power to their ratepayers, who have already paid more than $2 billion for the Summer project. (Charleston Post and Courier)
• There is reason to be enthusiastic about a recent study that suggests the Gulf Coast’s oil and gas industry will regain strength and benefit Louisiana’s economy for decades. (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)

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