COAL ASH: Neighbors of Duke Energy coal ash ponds in North Carolina say they still won’t drink their well water despite assurances from the utility. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• Operators of a Tennessee coal plant say it is “ahead of the game” in handling ash safely. (Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle)
• A hearing will be held Wednesday for a proposed coal ash landfill in North Carolina. (Winston-Salem Journal)

• A judge rules the Sierra Club can move forward with a legal action to obtain pollution records for coal plants in Louisiana and Arkansas. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A West Virginia woman discusses the unique challenges for female coal miners. (NPR)
• Lawyers for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blakenship say he doesn’t have to disclose financial information at his sentencing. (Associated Press)

EPA: West Virginia’s attorney general talks about how his office became a leader in “fighting illegal EPA overreach.” (Coal Valley News)

• At a panel discussion, Georgia regulator Lauren “Bubba” McDonald says the state will “move methodically” on solar “based on facts and figures.” (Athens Banner-Herald)
• The Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency is ready to start exploring solar power – in 2017. (Frankfort State Journal)

• Georgia Power has selected a site for a new nuclear plant sometime after 2030, at least one local official is skeptical it will be built. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Time is running out for new nuclear technology to replace retiring reactors. (New York Times)
• A Florida congressman introduces a bill requiring the Energy Department to report on the state of nuclear fusion technology. (E&E Daily)

PIPELINES: Georgia lawmakers are expected to vote this week on legislation to halt the Palmetto Pipeline. (WJBF)

CLIMATE: University of Georgia research will attempt to better assess the risks of rising sea levels on coastal communities. (Athens Banner-Herald)

POLITICS: Florida utilities were among the biggest spenders in the state legislature this year. (Tampa Bay Times)

EFFICIENCY: Jacksonville, Florida expects new LED streetlights to save the city $1 million a year on electricity costs. (Florida Times-Union)

BIOENERGY: Duke Energy signs agreements to buy biogas from swine and poultry waste from a North Carolina facility. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Defeat of a bill restricting local control of fracking was “one of the happy outcomes” of the recent Florida legislative session. (Tampa Tribune)
• Are electric co-ops holding back solar power in Mississippi? (Biloxi Sun Herald)
• A Florida mayor says “we simply don’t have time for members of Congress to continue denying the facts” on climate change. (Sun-Sentinel)

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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