COAL ASH: Duke Energy says lawyers for an environmental group leaked a North Carolina toxicologist’s deposition leading to a news report which triggered the latest controversy there over water safety near its ash ponds. (WFAE Public Radio)

COAL:
• In a widely anticipated move, federal officials promise 3,400 jobs for displaced coal workers throughout Appalachia. (Charleston Gazette Mail)
• Federal officials detail about $39 million in grants earmarked for displaced coal workers in Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. (Fox News)

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OIL & GAS:
• Companies show record low interest in bidding for drilling rights at a Gulf of Mexico lease sale that was streamed from the New Orleans Superdome. (The Hill)
• A Louisiana company is trying to sell 90,000 acres of leaseholds for drilling in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• The City Commission in Rome, Georgia calls on state lawmakers to more strictly regulate oil and gas drilling in a regional river basin. (Rome News-Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods and a group in Hampton Roads launch a bulk-purchasing co-op in the state’s Middle Peninsula. (Daily Press)
• What the solar Amendment 4 and solar Amendment 1 on Florida’s ballot Aug. 30 and Nov. 8 respectively mean for Florida. (WLRN Public Radio)
• The falling cost of solar energy in seven charts. (Vox)
Walmart eyes solar systems for its Florida stores if Amendment 4 on the state’s ballot next Tuesday passes. (Orlando Sentinel)
• A Georgia-based company recruits workers to build solar systems for Dominion Virginia Power. (CBS 19 Newsplex)

BIOMASS:
• Booming wood pellet production could lead to an industry toehold soon in forests throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (Bay Journal)
• A bioenergy initiative in North Carolina seeks proposals for researching and developing forestry-based feedstocks. (Caldwell Journal)

BATTERIES: North Carolina-based Alevo moves closer to commercial deployment of its energy storage system. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: More than 12,000 homes in Virginia Beach would be underwater if sea levels rose six feet, an analysis shows. (Washington Post)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Biloxi, Missisippi hires attorneys to file a claim against other companies involved in the spill. (SunHerald)

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ACADEMIA: A renewable energy expert leaves the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for a new research post at Clemson University. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
Duke Energy should back off its push to identify the source of an Associated Press report that cited a deposition transcript and embarrassed North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• There is a “blood money” feel to the Obama administration’s grants for displaced coal workers in Appalachia. (West Virginia Metro News)
• Two Florida House members urge a vote in favor of the state’s solar Amendment 4 on the Aug. 30 ballot. (SunSentinel)
The Clean Power Plan will help preserve national parks which celebrate their 100th birthday today. (Roanoke Times)

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Jim Pierobon

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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