NUCLEAR: Consultants reviewing the construction of two reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia say workers are falling farther behind schedule. (Savannah Morning News)

PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to look at alternative paths through national forests in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. (Triad Business Journal)

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• Utilities poured more than $2 million into their Florida solar ballot campaign last month alone. (News Service of Florida)
• A new ground-mounted solar system is helping supply electricity to ratepayers in western North Carolina. (Smoky Mountain News)
• Dominion Virginia Power presents a plan to build a large solar farm in the same county where it wants to add a third nuclear reactor. (Newsplex)
• A North Carolina town imposes a moratorium on solar farms, amid public testimony including claims that solar panels cause cancer and prevent photosynthesis from taking place. (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald)
• A North Carolina elementary school is crowdfunding for a solar-powered classroom. (Raleigh News & Observer)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Tennessee is one step closer to significant reductions in utility bills paid by state facilities. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

Displaced miners would get relief under two bills introduced in the U.S. Senate. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
• A leading bond-rating agency sees no slowing or reversal in 2016 of coal’s dimming future. (Platts)

COAL ASH: Residents of a Virginia county complain about it becoming a dumping ground for Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash. (Chesterfield Observer)

• A decision in a case before the Florida Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications for how utility service territories are set there. (Miami Herald)
• The Duke Energy Board of Directors has added Chairman of the Board to CEO Lynn Good’s responsibilities. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina regulators approve a discounted “job retention tariff” rate for industrial customers. (Charlotte Observer)
• Three years after its acquisition of Progress Energy, the number of job cuts by Duke Energy is too small to trigger regulatory reporting requirements. (Triangle Business Journal)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who faces up to one year in prison for a misdemeanor, is to be sentenced April 6. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: The omnibus spending bill being negotiated in Congress now is likely to include an end to a ban on U.S. oil exports. (The Hill)

• Dominion Virginia Power should be closely held accountable for how it disposes of coal ash. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• South Floridians weigh in on what, if anything, should be done there to mitigate climate change. (Miami Herald)

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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