NUCLEAR: A U.S. House committee votes to extend a key tax credit for new nuclear plants, likely to benefit projects underway in Georgia and South Carolina. (The Hill)

• As the Tennessee Valley Authority pursues “intelligent compaction” to stabilize coal ash, advocates warn of environmental risks. (Southeast Energy News)
• How a “folksy” South Carolina lawyer became one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for coal ash safety. (The State)

• A U.S. Senate panel advances legislation to secure pensions and health benefits for retired coal miners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Mississippi regulators begin taking questions from citizens about the Kemper “clean coal” plant. (Mississippi Watchdog)

SOLAR: North Carolina homeowners are seeing strong economic returns on their solar systems. (Cherokee Scout)

• Shortages in the Southeast reveal how dependent the U.S. is on the Colonial Pipeline, which was restarted yesterday. (Reuters,
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast pipeline sign with a contractor and anticipate a completion date of 2019. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• An 83-year-old Virginia woman’s appeal of Virginia’s pipeline survey law will test the state’s 2012 voter-approved property rights initiative. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Developers of the Sabal Trail pipeline meet with community leaders and residents in Alabama to discuss the project. (Alexander City Outlook)
• At a multi-state shale conference, pipeline developers express concerns about public perception. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

• New data show the impact of the boom-and-bust cycle on Louisiana cities’ economies. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• A Louisiana senator backs legislation to cut taxes on natural gas-fueled heavy trucks. (The Hill)
• Environmental advocates go to court over an oil company’s refusal to release documents related to a 2012 leak. (Associated Press)

• Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says he still isn’t sure whether human activity is to blame for climate change. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• A Duke University law clinic continues to pursue a 14-year-old North Carolina girl’s case against state officials on climate policy. (Duke Chronicle)

POLITICS: A poll conducted by an environmental group finds a majority of Virginians are at odds with Gov. Terry McAuliffe on pipeline and coal ash issues. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• Why Florida utilities “are bottom of class” on solar power relative to utilities in other states. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• As coal declines, Alabama regulators need to embrace solar. (The Crimson White)

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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