COAL: A judge approves a West Virginia businessman’s plan to buy certain Patriot Coal assets and launch a unique reforestation venture with carbon credits. (The Roanoke Times)

• A proposal to build a new coal export terminal in Louisiana draws criticism from environmental groups and the public. (New Orleans Public Radio)
• Several West Virginia counties are divided over whether to take federal aid to diversify their coal-dependent economies. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

WIND: Federal officials describe how hundreds of turbines could be generating electricity off the Wilmington, North Carolina coastline within 10 years. (Port City Daily)

• Proponents of a constitutional amendment in Florida authorizing third-party solar sales have collected about 172,000 of the roughly 683,000 signatures needed to get on the 2016 ballot. (Saint Peters Blog)
• With the prospect of a large solar project on the horizon, a Virginia county advances zoning changes to accommodate it. (Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal)
• A hospital in western Virginia deploys a solar system as part of its sustainability push. (Collegiate Times, Virginia Tech University)

ENERGY STORAGE:municipal utility in southern Kentucky taps energy storage devices to reduce emissions during times of peak power demand. (Transmission & Distribution World)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Rather than close certain coal-fired power plants, North Carolina may push utilities to increase their efficiency to meet its Clean Power Plan targets. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES: Three contractors working on a Williams Cos. natural gas pipeline are killed and two others critically injured after an explosion in Louisiana. (Houma Today)

Why federal prosecutors are leaning on fraud to take down former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. (SNL)
• Blankenship tried to keep concerns about serious safety issues secret, including those that contributed to a deadly mine explosion in 2010. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS: A wildcatter wants to start prospecting for natural gas in northern Georgia. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


KENTUCKY: Candidates for governor vow to fight federal environmental regulations that hurt the coal industry. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

VOLKSWAGEN: Three suspended employees reportedly are responsible for engineering VW’s devices that duped emissions tests. (The Wall Street Journal)

• Floridians should heed Al Gore’s pitch to enable solar choice. (Ocala Star Banner)
• A furniture maker in Kentucky is a good example of companies that could benefit from a proposed tax credit for combined- and waste-heat-to-power systems. (The Hill)

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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