PIPELINES: Georgia’s legislature approves a temporary moratorium on pipeline projects. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ALSO:
• The company developing the Sabal Trail pipeline has filed 160 eminent domain lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Florida; Georgia lawmakers reject a bill that would grant easements for the project. (Orlando Sentinel, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast pipeline say purchase agreements are in place for 96 percent of the project’s capacity. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN ENERGY: St. Petersburg launches an effort to become the first Florida city to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (SaintPetersBlog)

CLIMATE: At a Florida event, the director of the Sierra Club says he believes the Republican party will eventually acknowledge climate change. (SaintPetersBlog)

OIL AND GAS: Despite the White House decision not to allow drilling off the Atlantic coast, seismic testing will continue. (Coastal Review Online)

COAL ASH:
• A Georgia congressman introduces a bill calling for tougher oversight of coal ash disposal. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Hundreds attend a North Carolina hearing to question Duke Energy about the safety of water near coal ash facilities. (WSOC)

COAL:
• A Mississippi Public Service commissioner discusses the ongoing regulatory challenges surrounding the over-budget and behind-schedule Kemper plant. (Mississippi Watchdog)
• An injured West Virginia miner sues Arch Coal, alleging unsafe working conditions. (West Virginia Record)
• At a Tennessee event, a Labor Department official says mine safety has improved over the past five years. (Associated Press)
• A West Virginia congressman pushes to limit EPA funding to prevent what he calls the “war on coal agenda.” (WTAP)
• A Kentucky coal company is cited for a mine waste spill into a river over the weekend. (WKYU)

NUCLEAR:
• Environmental groups plan to sue a Florida utility over water contamination from the Turkey Point nuclear plant. (New York Times)
• A Florida class-action lawsuit targets two utilities seeks refunds for ratepayers for work on nuclear projects that were never completed. (Greene Publishing)
• Federal regulators say two Arkansas reactors need greater oversight to address safety issues. (Russellville Courier)

VW: Kentucky’s attorney general is suing Volkswagen over “false and misleading promotion” of its diesel cars. (WKYU) 

SOLAR:
• A report from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center maps out solar policy changes across the U.S. (Utility Dive)
• A poll suggests solar policy debates could influence elections in swing states, including Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. (PV Tech)
• A Tennessee science teacher develops his own community-scale solar powered composting facility. (Johnson City Press)
• The University of Tennessee Extension Services unveils a new portable solar array that will serve as an educational tool. (Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle)

UTILITIES: New Orleans city council says the city’s exit from a complex utility system agreement will save ratepayers money. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• Why is Virginia a “dark state” for solar power? (Bacon’s Rebellion)
• “Whipsawing people” with confusing coal ash advisories isn’t helpful. (Fayetteville Observer)
• As coal declines, West Virginia “should plan for the different economy that inevitably must follow.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail) 
• A Kentucky utility’s grant to a community college is a small step toward a post-coal economy. (Ashland Daily Independent)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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