COAL: The CEO of Duke Energy says despite the Trump administration’s push for fossil fuels, “our strategy will continue to be to drive carbon out of our business.” (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Retired coal miners criticize President Trump’s silence on the possible end of federal health benefits: “He promised to help miners, not just mining companies.” (New York Times)
• Advocates raise health concerns about a proposal to site a federal prison on a former mountain coal removal site. (NRDC)

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• In response to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Duke Energy said Wednesday that the company’s coal ash costs should be considered as part of an overall rate increase — not separately — and that government agencies are confusing the issue. (News & Record, Charlotte Business Journal)
Environmentalists continue to push a county in Virginia to insist Dominion Power moves coal ash that is contaminating nearby rivers. (Chesterfield Observer)

• A former coal miner talks about his efforts to promote clean energy in Kentucky, including adding solar to the now-famous Kentucky Coal Mining Museum: “We took some abuse, man, let me tell you.” (Huffington Post)
• Kentuckians for the Commonwealth released a report that states producing electricity from renewable energy sources in the state would create thousands of jobs and lower consumers’ costs. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• L’Oréal USA announced its efforts to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. manufacturing, which include solar projects in Arkansas and Kentucky. (news release)

• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators to cut by more than one-third the price it pays to independent power producers for solar and other renewable energy. (Triad Business Journal)
A Virginia solar power company is expanding operations in Waynesboro and opening new operations in Charlottesville. (Daily Progress)

PIPELINE: The Virginia Supreme Court heard, but did not rule on, two cases Wednesday that challenge a law that allows private property to be studied for natural gas pipelines without owner consent. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITY: Louisville Gas and Electric has agreed to a smaller utility rate increase and other terms. (WKU)

FRACKING: More than 100 small businesses in Florida wrote a statement in support of a statewide ban on fracking as the regular legislative session nears its end. (SaintPetersBlog)

EFFICIENCY: The Tennessee Valley Authority gave Tupelo, Mississippi, more than $100,000 for the city’s completed energy savings projects. (Daily Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An expo in Jacksonville, Florida, highlighted drivers’ increased move to EVs as more public places to recharge them are built. (Florida Times-Union)

• A Kentucky coal museum that is going solar “sees the future,” even if President Donald Trump doesn’t. (New York Times)
• An environmental advocate says the Trump administration’s repeal of coal regulations will endanger Appalachia and prioritize corporate interests over the protection of natural resources. (The Tennessean)