UTILITIES: Duke Energy says it will own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, a 33% jump from its current goal. (Charlotte Observer)

STORAGE: A White House climate policy official told a conference in Charlotte it will convene a national summit on storage and renewables this summer. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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NUCLEAR: The Securities and Exchange Commission denies Dominion’s bid to block a resolution at its May 11 shareholders meeting about the financial risks of adding a new reactor. (Blue Virginia blog)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is among senators introducing a bill that would prohibit seismic testing. (Institute for Southern Studies)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana and other states heavily dependent on oil and natural gas face lasting effects of volatile oil prices and growth in electric vehicles. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalizes an agreement to build a large solar system at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. (WAAY)
Albany, Georgia illustrates the transition to cleaner power supplies in the Peach State. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Interest in private and community solar ticks up in an Alabama county. (Cullman Times)
• A community college in southwest Virginia earns accolades for deploying solar in education. (Kingsport Times News)

• A Georgia congressman introduces a bill to prohibit utilities from dumping ash in landfills designed for household garbage. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Environmentalists stage a symbolic funeral as Dominion Virginia Power discharges ash wastewater into the James River. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A conservative energy group steps up efforts in Virginia and other states to bar funding for the Clean Power Plan until the Supreme Court decides on its legality. (ClimateWire)

PIPELINES: A bill emerging in the House would give the Department of Transportation authority to shut down pipelines during emergencies. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: The TVA’s next step in search of a buyer for its shuttered Bellefonte plant in Alabama is a webinar Monday. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A Virginia nonprofit begins a road show to educate groups about the common sense behind energy efficiency. (Longwood Rotunda)

CLIMATE: The latest in a video series by the University of North Carolina spotlights how the changing climate affects an apple harvester. (Daily Climate)

POLICY: Environmental activists in Virginia give Gov. Terry McAuliffe a D+ on an annual report card. (Virginian-Pilot)

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TRANSMISSION: The operator of the power grid that includes all of Virginia and West Virginia along with parts of Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee faces fresh challenges in auctioning power. (Platts)

• A newspaper lauds North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr for his work in protecting the state’s air and water. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• A Virginia newspaper spotlights uranium mining for nuclear plants as an issue that won’t go away. (Dan River Register Bee)

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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