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Florida utility money, pressure behind net metering review

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SOLAR: A Florida legislator’s push to review the state’s solar net metering rules follows direct communication with utilities and more than $20,000 in campaign contributions, a watchdog group reports. (Energy & Policy Institute)

ALSO:
• Walmart announces plans to help its U.S.-based suppliers speed up their adoption of solar and renewable energy. (Democrat Gazette)
• As a developer seeks approval to build five solar farms totaling up to 138 megawatts in capacity, local officials in South Carolina fixate on end-of-life disposal plans for the panels. (Myrtle Beach Sun)
• Two Girl Scouts in Florida earn a new renewable energy patch by making solar powered cars. (Sun Sentinel)

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WIND: A plan to attract offshore wind turbine supply chain companies to Hampton Roads, Virginia, wins financial support from a state economic development initiative. (Virginian-Pilot)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: North Carolina will continue its lawsuit against the federal government’s decision to advance seismic testing off the state’s Atlantic coast even after a company withdrew its request to do so. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Eleven Southwest Virginia projects are selected for possible grant approval from a federal pilot program to reclaim abandoned mine land. (Herald Courier)
• A coal industry group criticizes West Virginia economic development officials’ decision to subsidize a major natural gas-fired power plant. (Inter-Mountain)
• A West Virginia mining museum reopens with exhibits about Appalachia’s labor union history in the early 1900s. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• A Georgia Power fossil fuel power plant catches fire for the second time in a week as crews dismantled a damaged transformer. (11 Alive)

GRID:
• In Louisiana, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says he will back efforts to secure federal funds to “hurricane-proof” critical energy infrastructure. (NOLA.com)
• Several residents of a Georgia community turn out to oppose the proposed location of a transmission line project they say will spoil views. (FYN-TV)

UTILITIES: Birmingham, Alabama, residents spend a higher percentage of their income on utility bills than those in most metro areas, according to a new report. (AL.com)

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POLITICS: As climate change emerges as a voting issue in South Carolina, three-term Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham appears to be vulnerable. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” A clean energy group says Florida officials shouldn’t mess with the state’s solar net metering policy. (CleanEnergy.org)
• A retired coal industry spokesman says that states need to “attach a value” to coal to save coal plants and stabilize the electric grid. (Roanoke Times)

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