SOLAR: The Florida Supreme Court reschedules oral arguments on a utility-backed solar amendment for the state’s Constitution for March 7. (Florida Politics)

Duke Energy threatens to continue using coal if its bid for a third natural gas-fueled generator at its Asheville, North Carolina plant is rejected. (Mountain Xpress)
Southern Co. moves to grow its distributed power business with the proposed acquisition of a North Carolina-based technology company. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Virginia regulators approve the acquisition of AGL Resources and its Virginia Natural Gas subsidiary by Southern Company. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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CLIMATE: Kentucky and other states that officially dismiss global warming face losing federal funds unless they submit plans to mitigate climate-related disasters disasters. (WKU Public Radio)

EPA: Six Southeast states are among 20 asking the Supreme Court to halt a rule designed to slash mercury emissions from power plants. (E&E Daily)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina-based Cree says it has achieved a new LED milestone. (Triangle Business Journal)

• A wind farm operator in West Virginia is sentenced to pay $30,000 for deaths of migratory birds. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The operator of the power grid that includes parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi reports a new daily peak in power generation. (SNL Energy)

• The industry is emphasizing litigation over lobbying as it struggles to deal with rapidly declining demand. (Bloomberg Business)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell warns struggling coal companies they need to meet their cleanup obligations at shuttered facilities. (Reuters)
• A large West Virginia coal mine halts production for at least two weeks. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• A showdown is brewing between Kentucky and coal-producing counties there over sharing of severance taxes from coal sales. (WKU Public Radio)
Declining demand in China is seen as a major cause of the industry’s downturn. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

COAL ASH: Dominion agrees not to import any more coal ash to a Virginia power plant site. (Chesterfield Observer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Democrat John Yarmuth of Louisville is the only federal lawmaker from Kentucky who did not join the state’s lawsuit against the Clean Power Plan. (WKU Public Radio)

FRACKING: Senate Democrats in Florida prepare to fight a bill preempting local controls. (Saint Peters Blog)

• The West Virginia Senate passes bills to limit lawsuits and allow companies to build roads before a drilling permit is issued. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• West Virginia’s environmental chief speaks out against a bill that would ease some drilling regulations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

NUCLEAR: Industry leaders bemoan the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

SUSTAINABILITY: Georgia moves to build more “green” features into a stretch of I-85 which already includes a free solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles. (Grist)

• The recently-approved Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline from Alabama and Georgia into Florida will have to meet several environmental conditions. (EnergyBiz)
• Dominion plans three information meetings to explain its proposed alternative route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Augusta News Leader)
• A West Virginia man is dead after a natural gas well malfunctioned at a pipeline construction project in the Mountain State. (

COMMENTARY: Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good is often asked if the company is innovating fast enough. Her response: it’s “complicated.” (Fayetteville Observer)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest misspelled Volkswagen.

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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