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Duke will roll out 530 electric vehicle charging stations in Florida

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy announces plans to install 530 electric vehicle charging stations in Florida, mostly in public places. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Virginia will invest $14 million from Volkswagen settlement money to develop electric vehicle charging networks. (Energy News Network)

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COAL ASH:
• Tennessee Valley Authority is moving away from coal-fired power plants, but coal ash impoundments near major waterways will likely remain a problem. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Hurricane Florence flooding at a Duke Energy coal ash impoundment did not contaminate the Cape Fear River, says North Carolina’s environmental agency. (News & Observer)

COAL:
• An advocacy group for coal-producing counties in Kentucky speaks to legislators about the effects of coal’s decline and ideas for the future. (Messenger-Inquirer)
• Legal cases on federal mine safety are in flux after the review panel that hears disputes between regulators and mining companies lost its quorum. (Bloomberg)
• The shuttering of a 650 MW coal-fired power plant in Texas is the latest in a string of power plant closures in the state. (Texas Observer)
• Longtime Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward, Jr. is awarded a prestigious Macarthur Fellow “genius grant” for his reporting on the human and environmental toll of resource extraction in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: A solar farm is being built in a small Alabama town to introduce residents to renewable energy. (The Outlook)

EFFICIENCY: Environmental nonprofit Appalachian Voices promotes home energy efficiency programs in North Carolina. (Watauga Democrat)

PIPELINES:
• Pipeline protesters in West Virginia say they’ve seen structures that do not comply with erosion and sediment control requirements and sites where construction took place without a valid certificate. (CBS19)
• Augusta County, Virginia officials table a decision on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline storage yard. (News Virginian)
• The completion of a natural gas pipeline from Texas to Mexico is put off until April 2019 due to weather conditions and delays in Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas oil and gas companies are funding a fight against a Washington state ballot measure that would create the nation’s first carbon fee. (Houston Chronicle)
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott quietly delays a vote on a controversial new natural gas power plant until after the midterm elections. (Kallanish Energy)
• A Houston neighborhood experiencing major public health problems from nearby petrochemical plants fights back against a Valero oil refinery. (Grist)

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