RENEWABLES: A proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would give tax breaks to businesses for installing solar panels is set for the statewide ballot in August. (Miami Herald)

SOLAR: Activists protest changes proposed by the Jacksonville Electric Authority to reduce credits for surplus power from rooftop systems. (Folio Weekly, Florida Politics)

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• Duke Energy appeals a $6.6 million state fine for the utility’s massive 2014 ash spill into the Dan River. (Charlotte Observer)
• Dominion Virginia Power and environmental groups reach an agreement over its disposal of wastewater into the James River. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Maryland says it will keep fighting Dominion Virginia Power over how it disposes of wastewater into the Potomac River. (The Washington Post)

• Two Arkansas agencies agree to halt planning to comply with the plan, citing the Supreme Court’s stay. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
West Virginia’s environmental chief urges the U.S. Senate to focus on energy solutions, without complying expressly with the plan. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

LIGHTING: North Carolina-based innovator Cree is working with builders, local officials and high school students to install LED bulbs at the North Carolina Zoo. (Proud Green Building)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Virginia company strives to standardize recharging batteries in EVs. (WVTF Radio)

Two Florida mayors urge Republican presidential candidates to address rising sea levels’ impact on Florida’s coastlines in tonight’s debate. (Miami Herald)
• West Virginia lawmakers are close to passing a bill that would allow utilities to charge ratepayers extra for retrofitting coal-fired generators. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Rural co-ops in North Carolina and elsewhere move to improve energy efficiency with on-bill financing. (Environmental Defense Fund)
Kentucky regulators pass on the option to approve or reject Duke Energy’s proposed acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Natural gas is set to surpass coal – for good – in 2016 as the top U.S. power source. (Platts)
• The PJM Interconnection advances newly proposed wholesale power supply rules. (Platts)

• Lawmakers ask federal auditors to examine how companies may be dodging clean-up costs of shuttered mines with self-bonding permission. (Reuters)
West Virginia lawmakers shelve, for this year, legislation to cut severance taxes for the coal and natural gas industries. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new bill in Kentucky would help unemployed miners find jobs while assisting low-income families with their utility bills. (Middlesboro Daily News)
• Legislation advancing in Kentucky would eliminate state mine inspections but not save it any money. (WKYU Public Radio)

• An editorial in North Carolina calls for better state water quality standards and disclosure practices in dealing with coal ash disposal. (Fayetteville Observer)
• An agreement reached in Virginia over the management of coal ash wastewater illuminates the flaws in the state’s regulations. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• A North Carolina philanthropist must overcome tall hurdles to persuade conservatives to back clean energy. (The Energy Fix)
• A North Carolina entrepreneur calls clean energy the biggest new business opportunity of our time. (Independent Weekly)

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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