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Jobs alliance funded by coal company fights natural gas plants in W.V.

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COAL: The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance, funded in part by Murray Energy, fights to stop construction of natural gas plants in West Virginia by citing regulations that Murray has long fought. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ALSO: Major coal companies Alpha Natural Resources and Contura Energy announce a merger. (WOWK)

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RENEWABLES: A group of data centers operators and customers tell Virginia utility regulators that Dominion Energy isn’t meeting their need for renewable power. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A California solar cell and panel maker plans to open a Texas manufacturing facility in 2019. (Greentech Media)
• A Virginia solar company expands to North Carolina, creating 75 jobs and utilizing the state’s booming solar industry. (Virginia Business Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• Members of the Augusta County Farm Bureau in Virginia vote to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other pipelines. (Augusta Free Press)
• An Oklahoma pipeline company proposes a $550 million natural gas pipeline project from Louisiana to Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• A small Texas town fights a company over the location of an oilfield waste landfill. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Shell considers a $1.2 billion petrochemical plant expansion in Louisiana so it can get the state’s tax exemption. (The Advocate)

EMISSIONS: Since 2012, Texas has approved 43 petrochemical projects along the Gulf Coast that will emit millions of tons of greenhouse gases, an environmental group’s study says. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: Scientists express skepticism over Duke Energy’s testing processes for coal ash contamination in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River. (News & Observer)

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NUCLEAR: Georgia Power takes on more financial risk with the continued construction of the Vogtle nuclear power plant. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: A new solar cooperative in Polk County, Florida can be a positive force in growing solar in the area and across the state, an editorial board says. (The Ledger)

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