COAL: Duke Energy has withdrawn a request to add chemicals at several coal-fired plants that reduces air pollution but caused an increase in contaminants in Charlotte’s drinking water. (Charlotte Observer)

ALSO: Louisville Gas & Electric has released a map showing a worst-case scenario flooding from a contaminated ash pond. (Courier-Journal)

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NATURAL GAS: Pittsburgh-based EQT Corp. will become the largest U.S. natural gas producer after agreeing to buy holdings in the Marcellus shale in Appalachia. (Bloomberg)

A California solar developer dismissed complaints against Duke Energy that the company established contracts for larger utility-scale projects that made financing impossible. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Meanwhile, new complaints accuse two Duke utilities of stalling grid connections for solar projects. (Triangle Business Journal)
Florida Power & Light will build and maintain solar “trees” throughout Fort Myers at no cost to the city. (News-Press)

NUCLEAR: As the future of nuclear power is being questioned following troubled projects in Georgia and South Carolina, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says it is “a very important part” of an all-of-the-above energy strategy. (CNBC)

OIL & GAS: The Virginia Beach City Council plans to vote in opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration after taking a neutral stance and opposing it in years past. (Virginian-Pilot)

POLITICS: Over the past decade, campaign contributions from two large environmental groups, primarily during the 2013 Virginia governor’s race, exceeded Dominion Energy’s total; but the utility is the larger donor in the 2017 cycle. (News Leader)

FERC is scheduled to release its final environmental impact statement on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline on Friday and a newspaper editorial board has two big questions about the project. (Roanoke Times)
Announcements to install solar panels at schools and construct a new large-scale solar farm show that Virginia is moving toward renewable energy sources, despite the Trump administration. (Daily Press)