• The West Virginia communities that depend on coal salaries are reeling. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting and SNL Energy)

Renewable and energy efficiency companies in Tennessee are growing faster than the economy as a whole. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
West Virginia is to receive about $5 million in grants to retrain workers who’ve lost coal and other jobs. (The Charleston Gazette)
• Displaced West Virginia coal miners are drawn to oil and gas job training events. (Wheeling News-Register)

• Amazon is using a power purchase agreement with Community Energy for its 80-megawatt solar farm in Virginia. (Delmarva Now)
• An environmental group in North Carolina wants the state to OK its agreement to sell power to a church. (Charlotte Business Journal)
A solar company is helping non-profits in West Virginia go solar with an innovative rebate program. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Abington, Virginia residents turn out in force to consider going solar through a bulk-purchasing coop. (Bristol Herald Courier)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan appeals Georgia’s denial of its proposed Palmetto Pipeline route, calling it “arbitrary and capricious”. (Savannah Morning News)

CONGRESS: Led by Chair Hal Rogers of Kentucky, a House panel approves a bill that would cut EPA funding and block key Obama administration climate rules which the President has signaled he will veto. (The Hill, E&E Daily)

FRACKING: Seismic testing for natural gas begins in Eastern Kentucky. (Western Kentucky Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: A drilling company wants to resume the hunt for oil in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve; public comments are due July 17. (Miami Herald)

•  Louisiana’s Inspector General says New Orleans is too reliant on consultants to regulate Entergy. (The Times-Picayune)
• A Tennessee co-op is asking customers to join a peak power plan to conserve electricity on hot weekdays. (Columbia Daily-Herald)
Florida Power & Light wants regulatory assurance on cost recovery of a natural gas drilling venture in Oklahoma. (Palm Beach Post)

• The natural gas emphasis of TVA’s resource plan exposes ratepayers to price spikes and under-values energy efficiency and renewable sources. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)
• A pediatrician reflects on the dangers that climate change poses to Nashville’s children – opinion. (The Tennessean)

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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