SOLAR: The Florida Supreme Court sets May 5 for oral arguments on a utility-backed solar constitutional amendment. (Florida Politics)

OCEAN ENERGY: Scientists at the University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Institute try to harness energy from the Gulf stream off Cape Hatteras. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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• A federal lab in Tennessee acknowledges receiving spent fuel rods from a Dominion Virginia Power reactor to study how to reduce radioactive waste. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Georgia Power releases photos of Plant Vogtle, which is now 60% complete. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

•The plan’s future effectively could be in the hands of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Greentech Media)
• The plan faces less legal peril than it did with the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. (Vox)

• The Virginia Senate, with a veto-proof margin, passes coal tax credits which critics contend would do little to help the industry. (The Roanoke Times)
West Virginia’s coal country wrestles with hazardous wastewater. (WNYC Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The congressman who represents a large swath of coastal Georgia maintains his support for drilling despite increasingly vocal opposition. (Savannah Morning News)

UTILITIES: Critics sharpen their attacks on Duke Energy’s proposed power plant in Asheville, North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)

METHANE GAS: Three Democratic Louisville Metro Council members propose banning methane gas plants for at least six months. (WKU Public Radio)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina judge says a state coal ash settlement with Duke Energy does not resolve environmental cases before him. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Destructive mountaintop mining has forever grossly disfigured Appalachia. (The New York Times)
• Congress should pass the proposed RECLAIM Act to repay and revive coal-dependent communities. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
West Virginia’s U.S. senators split on allowing a full Supreme Court to decide on the future of the Clean Power Plan. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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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