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Kentucky coal jobs continue decline despite Trump promises

BIOGAS: North Carolina’s pork industry files a motion asking state regulators to reconsider a three-year freeze on new swine biogas projects. (Energy News Network)

COAL: The number of coal jobs in Kentucky dropped between April and the end of June despite promises from President Trump to revive the industry. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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COAL ASH: A utility responsible for leaking coal ash laced with arsenic from a power plant won’t have to pay fines unless it violates an order from Kentucky officials. (WFPL)

NUCLEAR:
Federal prosecutors ask the contractor of South Carolina’s failed nuclear project for documents related to the probe. (Post and Courier)
SCE&G asks for an emergency order to halt a temporary 15-percent rate cut pending its appeal of a lower court’s ruling. (Charlotte Observer)

RENEWABLES: Virginia’s transition to renewable energy hinges on a conservative state board that was formed a century ago to regulate railroads. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
Opposition to a solar farm in Culpeper County, Virginia continues to mount. (Free Lance-Star)
A Tennessee county commission approves a 10-year tax abatement for a company considering building two solar farms. (Times Daily)
Solar company Invenergy announces plans to build a 75 MW solar farm in Tarboro, North Carolina, and solar company Coronal Energy plans to build a 10 MW solar project in South Carolina. (PV Magazine, SC Now)
A North Carolina couple bought solar panels from a local company but did not receive full credit reimbursement from their utility. (WTVD)
Naples is behind other Florida cities in embracing solar energy, but city officials say they’re exploring possibilities. (Naples Daily News)
A solar company, not owners of a Texas community solar farm, will be responsible for property taxes. (Rivard Report)

OIL AND GAS:
Federal authorities fine three oil and gas companies after a deadly explosion and fire on a drilling rig in Oklahoma early this year. (KGOU)
An Oklahoma electric cooperative sees huge demand because of the booming oil and gas industry. (News OK)

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POLITICS: Ex-coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship files a petition with the West Virginia Supreme Court challenging the state’s decision to block him from running as a third-party Senate candidate. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: The director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association says the state needs to revisit state policies and programs to make sure all customers have access to solar power. (Energy News Network)

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