• How the war on coal is transforming the U.S. electric grid and the global climate debate. (Politico)
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, says he’s optimistic about blocking or revising the Clean Power Plan’s impact on coal. (The Wheeling News-Register)
Kentucky could meet EPA’s targets for reducing carbon emissions if it replaces shuttered coal plants with cleaner power sources. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: Battery storage is now an operational business for Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NRG Home Solar is set to hire at least 100 employees in North Carolina for offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Strata Solar is recruiting about 200 employees for its operations in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area. (WTVD-TV, Raleigh-Durham)
• The Knox County Commission approved adding solar panels to 11 schools and three other county properties. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some utilities, including Georgia Power, are seeking a larger part in the roll out of charging stations. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES: Property rights make it easier to site pipelines in South Carolina than in Georgia. (The Island Packet, South Carolina)

UTILITIES: A consumer group says Louisiana should prohibit campaign contributions to regulators by utility companies. (The Advocate, Baton Rouge)

CLIMATE: A new research center at the University of Alabama is studying climate and atmospheric threats to the nation’s water resources. (Tuscaloosa News)

COAL GASIFICATION: The road ahead for cleaner coal is an expensive one filled with many unknowns. (Kingsport Times News)

• For a state surrounded by water, Florida should be leading the nation in preparing to adapt to climate change. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A new climate change coordinator can put Palm Beach ahead of the curve. (Palm Beach Post)
• The California oil spill is yet another reason not to allow drilling offshore South Carolina. (The Post and Courier)

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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