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Flooding causes emergency at N.C. coal plant; solar remains unscathed

HURRICANE FLORENCE:  Floodwaters inundate a lake at a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant, raising concerns about a breach and leading to a high-level emergency alert. (Associated Press)

• North Carolina’s solar farms only had minimal damage from Hurricane Florence while other parts of the electricity system failed. (InsideClimate News)
Duke Energy confirms a coal ash spill at a site near Goldsboro, North Carolina, where environmental groups say coal ash is washing into a nearby river. (News & Observer)
• As South Carolina floodwaters rise, Santee Cooper rushes to prevent 200,000 tons of coal ash from spilling into the Waccamaw River by installing an inflatable dam. (My Horry News)

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• Climate and energy groups press Tennessee Valley Authority for more solar with their lawsuit over rate charges. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Owensboro, Kentucky officials for the first time sign an agreement to allow a solar project. (Messenger-Inquirer)
• Five Texas utilities collaborate to procure 500 MW of solar, the first time using large-scale solar generation for all but one of them. (PV Magazine)
• Tallahassee, Florida plans a large solar project after seeing the success of the city’s first, smaller one. (Power Engineering)

WIND: An Oklahoma Congressman claims military men and women are endangered by wind turbines being built close to flight training routes Air Force bases use. (KTUL)

• A lack of pipeline capacity in Texas’ Permian Basin is forcing drilling and production companies to look elsewhere, according to an Energy Department report. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A fund oil and gas companies pay into that’s provided more than a billion dollars to protect Florida’s natural areas is at risk of losing Congressional authorization. (WLRN)

COAL: U.S. coal production is still declining except in southern West Virginia, where there’s a slight uptick. (Beckley Register-Herald)

UTILITIES: A Louisiana regulator floats the idea of leaving MISO over what he says is an attempt to avoid the state’s regulatory authority. (E&E News, subscription)

POLITICS: Yasmine Taeb will challenge Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw in the state’s Democratic primary and plans to make his political and financial ties to Dominion Energy a major campaign topic. (Huffington Post)

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