STORAGE: Duke Energy installs the largest battery storage system in North Carolina, a 9 MW system next to a substation near Asheville. (Power Engineering) 

• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says plans for a natural gas power plant are still alive, but questions the need for it, the loan guarantee request and how many jobs it would create. (Weirton Daily Times)
• The Republican candidate running for the Texas oil and gas regulatory agency has violated state environmental rules and is being sued for fraud. (Austin American-Statesman)

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• Kentucky regulators will hold a virtual public hearing today about whether to approve Kentucky Utilities’ plan to address coal ash contamination of Herrington Lake. (WTVQ)
• Anderson County, Tennessee, residents continue to press TVA about its plans for coal ash at its Bull Run power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Duke Energy pushes back against the North Carolina customer advocate’s contention that regulators should limit coal ash charges to customers. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: Federal regulators allege in a discrimination complaint that a Harlan County coal company wrongly fired a miner for raising a safety concern. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

• Duke Energy will resume disconnecting customers for nonpayment next week, even as advocacy groups are intensifying demands for a moratorium on disconnections in Florida. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The mayor of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, says rising summer electric bills have nothing to do with the completed sale of the city’s utility. (Daily News Journal)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says Kentucky officials need to engage the public more openly about solar projects replacing agricultural land. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Lyndsey Gilpin is a freelance journalist based in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She compiles the Southeast Energy News daily email digest. Lyndsey is the publisher of Southerly, a weekly newsletter about ecology, justice, and culture in the American South. She is on the board of directors for the Society of Environmental Journalists.