• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs into law a bill creating the Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority to  facilitate, coordinate, and support the development of the solar energy industry and solar-powered facilities. (Daily Press, Tidewater, Virginia)
• Revising West Virginia’s net metering standards: a boon or bust for the solar industry? (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• Dominion Resources bought a 20-megawatt solar facility in Twiggs County, GA, from HelioSage Energy, then secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and interconnection agreements with Georgia Power. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• NextEra Energy Resources of Florida, an affiliate of Florida Power & Light Co., is set to build an 81-megawatt solar farm and sell the electricity to Entergy Arkansas. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

• Southeast states are watching carefully as the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan faces a high-profile legal test today in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (Associated Press)
• Florida’s rebuts claims the state prohibits use of “climate change” in official communications. (Palm Beach Post)
• Virginia Gov. McAuliffe asserts climate change is an economic issue, not just about health and the environment. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• NextGen Climate blasts Florida Sen. Marc Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for ignoring basic  science and clean energy job opportunities . (Saint Peters Blog, Florida)

HYDROPOWER: Despite the power generation output, submerged dams that generate electricity are drawing scrutiny for dragging hundreds of unsuspecting swimmers and boaters into their churning waters and drowning them. (Associated Press)

• The four men seeking the Republican nomination for Kentucky governor agreed on many key points in a debate including their support for the coal industry. (Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky)
• Once the shining star of its electric generation fleet, Georgia Power closed the coal-fired Plant Harllee Branch to reduce regulatory compliance costs. (The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia)

COAL ASH: A U.S. House committee approved a bill authored by Rep. David McKinley, R-WV, that would let states regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity, largely bypassing a federal rule issued last year. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Former Duke Energy CEO defends utility monopolies in North Carolina and elsewhere saying “it feels pretty good.” (Greentech Media)

• Prosecutors have set up a website for victims of 2014 Freedom Industries oil spill case in West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory bashes a federal proposal to include a 50-mile buffer between the coastline and drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. (McClatchy Washington Bureau)
• About $5 billion of an estimated $7.8 billion has been paid to settle economic losses due to the 2010 BP 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Associated Press)
• Republicans in the U.S. House criticized the Obama administration for not plotting enough oil and gas development along the Southeast Atlantic coast. (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans)

SUSTAINABILITY: Durham, North Carolina ranks high among America’s ‘greenest’ cities for environmental quality/pollution, transportation, energy sources and housing density – report. (Triad Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Mississippi turns a corner in favor of solar energy. (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)


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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