Georgia utility to cease operations at all its coal ash ponds

Georgia Power says all 29 of its ponds in the state will stop receiving ash and cease operations within three years.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A North Carolina non-profit sues to make Duke Energy move faster to clean up ash from a power plant near its massive Dan River spill in 2014. (Raleigh News & Observer)

POLLUTION: The Supreme Court upholds a lower court ruling allowing EPA limits on mercury emissions to remain in effect while the agency calculates industry compliance costs. (Washington Post)

• South Carolina Electric & Gas says its latest request for a larger budget to complete two reactors under construction limits future increases. (The State)
• A professor of nuclear security at the University of Tennessee voices concerns over ties the gunman in the Orlando mass-shooting had to a firm guarding many nuclear power plants. (U.S. News & World Report) 

Virginia-based Opower says it has helped 100 utilities globally save more than 11 terawatt hours of energy and their ratepayers $1.1 billion. (Utility Dive)
• A North Carolina brewer says it’s the first American beer maker to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design “platinum” leadership. (All About Beer Magazine)
• A western North Carolina county names task forces to study how Duke Energy will help its residents and businesses meet future energy needs. (Mountain Xpress)

SOLAR: A North Carolina lawmaker explains how he came to embrace solar energy. (Yale Climate Connections)

GRID: Retirements of coal plants could cause a generation shortfall by 2018 in the MISO power grid. (RTO Insider)

OUTAGES: The Carowinds theme park near Charlotte shuts down a second time in less than a week as Duke Energy presses to find out why. (Charlotte Observer)

INNOVATION: The sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative kicks off today in Atlanta focusing on energy innovation and sustainable cities, among other topics. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

OIL & GAS: A Louisiana company prepares to start exploratory drilling on a controversial well in St. Tammany Parish. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

TRANSMISSION: Dominion Virginia Power provides some details but sticks to its plan for mitigating the impact of a proposed transmission line over the James River. (Virginia Gazette)

NATURAL GAS: Virginia Natural Gas receives regulatory approval to extend a conservation and efficiency program for three more years. (Virginian-Pilot)

COMMENTARY: Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte calls for a “tailored approach” to energy regulations that can boost access to “affordable” energy. (News Virginian)

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