COAL ASH: Permit applications from Duke Energy show the utility is seeking to allow multiple coal ash sites in North Carolina to continue leaking. (WSCO-TV)

• A coal executive teams up with a sharply critical environmental activist to address pollution violations. (Roanoke Times)
• The Kentucky Coal Association seeks to delay the shutdown of two power plants, citing a pending legal challenge to an EPA pollution rule. (Greenwire)

SOLAR: Work begins on two Duke Energy solar projects in North Carolina, which will total 32 megawatts. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• A new IEA report says despite economic growth, global carbon emissions were flat last year. (The Hill)
• Florida, West Virginia and other states continue to push back against the Clean Power Plan. (EnergyWire)

• Despite a nationwide settlement, workers at a Kentucky refinery will remain on strike. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• A West Virginia “forced pooling” bill would allow natural gas to be taken from landowners who don’t sign leases. (Associated Press)
• Louisiana gubernatorial candidates address the oil and gas industry, with one Republican pledging to be “a very full partner.” (Associated Press)
• A Louisiana man is fined $40,000 for filing a false wage loss claim from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

KENTUCKY: A state agency launches an interactive timeline showing the state’s energy history. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC CARS: The Georgia House passes a bill that would allow Tesla to open five retail locations in the state. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• Dominion Virginia Power “used lawmakers to pull one over on Virginians” with a law that the utility says allows it to withhold some financial information from scrutiny. (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
• “While [the North Carolina] DENR hailed this week’s action as an aggressive move in handling the coal ash issue, history indicates otherwise.” (Jacksonville Daily News)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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