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Historic clean energy legislation headed to Virginia governor’s desk

POLICY: Virginia lawmakers on Friday approved sweeping clean energy legislation aimed at propelling the state to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045; the bill now heads to Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports it. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• In North Carolina, a political fight between the governor and legislature means the state still hasn’t awarded any funding from its Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement. (Energy News Network)
• South Carolina’s House Speaker says the state needs to move away from massive power plants and transition to wholesale markets where energy can be bought and sold as needed. (Associated Press)

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COAL:
• Coal plants are closing, and even the ones that remain open are running much less often than before, according to new federal data. (InsideClimate News)
• A new play tells the story of the Upper Big Branch explosion that killed 29 miners a decade ago in West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to spend $300 million moving toxic coal ash to an off-site landfill from a retired Memphis power plant. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A civil fraud lawsuit against two top former SCANA electric utility officials, if proven, may be South Carolina’s largest financial fraud ever. (The State)

PIPELINES: West Virginia oil and gas officials and business leaders say they are optimistic about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s odds at the U.S. Supreme Court. (State Journal)

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OIL & GAS: Oklahoma regulators vote to limit how much natural gas is produced by the state’s most prolific wells in order to slow depleting of its reserves. (Oklahoman)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates say the Virginia Clean Economy Act is a major step forward on equity by empowering consumers with rooftop solar and directing investment to underserved communities. (Energy News Network)
• The president of South Carolina’s Small Business Chamber of Commerce says selling state utility Santee Cooper to NextEra would relieve ratepayers from crushing debt and protect them from future costs. (Charleston City Paper)

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