OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal judge approves a $20 billion settlement over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, agreeing the company was “grossly negligent” in the disaster that killed 11 people. (Associated Press)

COAL: Costs for the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi rise another $18 million, and now stand at $6.6 billion. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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SOLAR: Advocates push back on a Tennessee utility’s plan to eliminate net metering and impose a demand charge on solar customers. (Kingsport Times News)

WIND: A North Carolina study finds offshore wind farms could affect tourism spending if turbines are visible from shore. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Environmental and health groups say North Carolina’s governor has taken “troubling steps” on coal ash contamination. (WNCN)
• North Carolina residents “don’t know what to think” about conflicting advisories on coal ash warnings. (Carolina Public Press)
• A Virginia-based power company settles a lawsuit blaming birth defects on coal ash dumped on beaches in the Dominican Republic. (Bloomberg)
• A judge dismisses lawsuits over coal ash contamination at three North Carolina sites. (Charlotte Observer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Dominion Power files a brief in support of the Clean Power Plan. (Hampton Roads Daily Press)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: A judge rejects $28 million in restitution claims against former coal executive Don Blankenship, which means the most he could pay for violating safety rules is a $250,000 fine. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a scientist and evangelical Christian, will speak in North Carolina this week as part of a national day of prayer for action on climate change. (Halifax Media Group)
• Officials in South Florida tout the economic opportunities in preparing for sea level rise. (ClimateWire)
• King tides offer a glimpse of the future for the Carolina coast. (Coastal Review Online)

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• Louisiana lawmakers consider a bill to require more regular audits of utility fuel costs. (Baton Rouge Advocate)
• Public hearings are scheduled for a Florida utility’s proposed $1.3 billion rate increase for infrastructure upgrades. (Palm Beach Post)

• How North Carolina farmers can benefit from the wind industry. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Virginia can still be a leader in offshore wind. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
• Alabama’s reliance on fossil fuels is “toxic.” (
• A utility-backed ballot measure in Florida would enshrine the state’s “decidedly mediocre” solar policy. (Orlando Sentinel)

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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