SOLAR: Munich-based Wacker Chemie opens a solar cell manufacturing plant in Charleston, Tennessee expected to employ 650 people by year’s end. (PV-Tech)

• The public interest is expected to be the focus of an appeal by NC WARN of a judge’s ruling against its attempt to sell electricity to a church. (The Institute for Southern Studies)
Sunrun formally opens its planned office and warehouse in South Carolina. (PV-Magazine)
Utilities in Kentucky today are to unveil their first large-scale solar system. (WKMS Public Radio)

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NUCLEAR: Georgia Power discloses it has purchased land about 140 miles south of Atlanta to explore building a new plant there. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• Nuclear and solar power trigger heated debates as Georgia Power unveils its long-range power generation needs. (Augusta Chronicle)
• The EPA grants Dominion Virginia Power a one-year extension to continue operating a coal plant while it tries to secure a new high-voltage transmission line. (Daily Press)

• Levels of distrust escalate over how Duke Energy is communicating about the health risks of well water near its coal ash ponds. (Environmental Health News)
• Legislation in North Carolina would ease safety standards for wells near Duke Energy coal ash ponds. (Charlotte Observer)

STORAGE: A 10-megawatt battery storage system being built in part by North Carolina-based Alevo Energy will provide power services to the grid operator in Texas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The defeat of drilling off the Southeast Atlantic coast emboldens opponents to stop it in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

• Orlando is moving to help building owners pay for upgrades to conserve power and water. (Orlando Sentinel)
• The mayors of three northern Virginia towns bet on which one can garner the most sign-ups for home energy audits. (Vienna Patch)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: Federal regulators approve the construction and operation of an LNG export terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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CLIMATE: Elected officials in northwest Florida debate energy’s role in mitigating rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

• A former member of the Florida Energy Commission argues that the Jacksonville Electric Authority should retain solar benefits for homeowners. (The Florida Times-Union)
The growing number of coal company bankruptcies means environmental clean-ups in Virginia and elsewhere may never happen. (Bacon’s Rebellion)
Florida utility regulators need to pay closer attention to protecting the environment. (Miami Herald)
Virginia’s share of revenue in federal legislation to help coal communities diversify should be seen as an economic opportunity. (The Roanoke Times)

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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