NUCLEAR: A judge orders Florida Gov. Rick Scott to reconsider the 2014 approval of two additional reactors sought by Florida Power & Light near the Everglades. (Florida Politics)

• The federal government shifts its strategy for leasing offshore tracts, moving two of three from North Carolina’s coast to South Carolina’s. (reNews)
• Virginia regulators prepare to begin approval process for 25 turbines proposed for north of Roanoke. (Roanoke Times)

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Two power plants in Tennessee and two in Virginia receive one-year extensions to meet mercury and air toxics standards. (Platts)
• A job fair in eastern Kentucky draws long lines of job seekers recently laid off from mining companies. (WSAZ)
• The Virginia Senate upholds Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a coal tax credit. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: Contractors for the Navy and the TVA are set to begin construction of the largest solar system in Tennessee to date. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

• Senators from five Southeast states opposed passage of a far-reaching energy bill now headed to a conference with the House. (Greenwire)
• An amendment offered by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that would have eased certain environmental regulations is rejected before passage. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Environmental groups challenge FERC to analyze the indirect environmental effects that would be spurred by a new export projects, including several proposed in Louisiana. (SNL)
• The Senate energy bill would speed up federal review of proposed LNG export terminals. (Associated Press)

GRID: A Florida court finds Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet erred in approving two massive transmission lines sought by Florida Power & Light in Miami-Dade County. (Miami Herald)

CLIMATE: The retiring co-founder of the Atlanta-based Southface Energy Institute reflects on the evolution of Earth Day. (Creative Loafing)

OIL & GAS: The Sierra Club is now taking aim at defeating new natural gas-fired power plants and pipelines. (SNL)

VW EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS: Volkswagen reportedly agrees to compensate owners of about 600,000 of its diesel-powered cars assembled in Tennessee $5,000 apiece. (Wire reports)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is ordered to begin serving his one year prison term on May 12. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

BIOMASS: Electricity generated from biomass plants would be considered a carbon-neutral, renewable source under the Senate-passed energy bill. (Climate Progress)

EFFICIENCY: Real estate developers in Gainesville, Florida are vying to lead a fledgling move toward more energy efficient buildings. (Triple Pundit)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An environmental group sues the Interior Dept. over “fast track” permitting. (Associated Press)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: Mississippi budgets part of its share of BP’s fine for coastal restoration projects. (Mississippi Today)

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ALABAMA: The new Energy Institute of Alabama aims to promote the state’s economy with “reliable, affordable and clean energy.” (Alabama Media Group)

Biomass sources of electricity present challenges that deserve to be addressed before the just-passed Senate energy bill becomes law. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander says the just-passed Senate energy bill will help fuel innovation. (The Chattanoogan)
• The utility-backed solar amendment on Florida’s November ballot would undermine the future of solar. (The Gainesville Sun)
• A new book tries to explain the impact of climate change on South Florida in lay terms. (Miami Herald)

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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