CLEAN ENERGY: Southern Co. becomes the first investment-grade utility in the U.S. to offer “green bonds” for renewable energy projects. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• A new report ranks Mississippi among the states least prepared for climate change. (International Business Times)
• A study of six cities, including Raleigh and Tampa, finds politicization of climate science is holding back adaptation efforts. (ClimateWire)

• A report finds Arkansas can comply with the carbon rules without raising utility rates. (Southwest Times Record)
• Morehouse College in Atlanta will host an event today with local clergy to support the Clean Power Plan. (news release)
• A Kentucky regulator warns lawmakers to prepare a state plan in case litigation fighting the plan fails. (WEKU)

• A Virginia farm is developing what could be the state’s largest private solar array, but not without difficulty: “It was clear that solar power production was actively discouraged by law.” (Loudoun Times-Mirror)
• A Florida utility will lease 600 acres of U.S. Navy land for two large solar projects. (WUWF)

COAL: A study recommends the closure of a Georgia coal plant. (Utility Dive)

COAL ASH: Amid a challenge from the state’s governor, a North Carolina coal ash panel may run out of time before performing one of its key functions. (Charlotte Observer)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Jurors have not yet reached a verdict after their first full day of deliberations. (Associated Press)

• Utilities were among the top spenders on lobbying in Florida in the previous quarter. (SaintPetersBlog)
• A survey finds the value of property owned by utilities in West Virginia increased last year. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A study finds a Virginia utility’s capital spending will have $10 billion in economic impact in the state over the next 10 years. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: West Virginia lawmakers will again consider a “forced pooling” bill that would allow drilling even if some landowners object. (NGI Shale Daily)

NUCLEAR: Florida regulators approve $1.3 billion in bonds for the decommissioning of the Crystal River nuclear plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

GRID: Duke Energy has completed construction of a 2 MW energy storage facility at a retired Ohio coal plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Knoxville, Tennessee will hold a summit for landlords interested in efficiency upgrades for their rental properties. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

BIOENERGY: Toyota will begin powering a Kentucky plant on landfill gas later this month. (Biomass Magazine)

COMMENTARY: Why are Southeast utilities investing in clean energy outside their home territory? (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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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