Kentucky effort to regulate fracking waste hits a snag

FRACKING: A group developing Kentucky’s first rules for managing radioactive fracking waste is divided over key details. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

NUCLEAR: A citizens’ coalition steps up efforts to block development of a reactor in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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WIND: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, launches a bid to scrap the “wasteful” production tax credit in favor of boosting basic energy research. (The Chattanoogan)

NATURAL GAS: Boosted largely by exports of liquefied natural gas from ports in Louisiana, the U.S. is projected to become a net gas exporter by the second half of 2017. (Platts)

COAL ASH: Efforts to address protests about storing ash in a Georgia landfill encounter turbulence. (National Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: Slow progress is being made to upgrade or replace rupture-prone rail cars used for transporting oil. (Associated Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Lynchburg College in Virginia cashes in $340,000 of energy credits from its share of a landfill gas project. (WSET)

GENERATION: Green groups sue the PJM Interconnection over capacity rules. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Production of Appalachian coal is forecast to decline significantly with, or without, implementation of the Clean Power Plan. (Kentucky Forward / Louisville Courier-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The University of Georgia receives $10 million to purchase 19 electric buses. (Mass Transit)

BIOMASS: Researchers in Tennessee, North Carolina and elsewhere identify the potential to boost electric power from an expanded array of biomass sources. (Phys.org)

Duke Energy consolidates renewables and distributed energy development after the departure of a senior executive. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• The unveiling of Alabama Power’s new logo symbolizes the company is “no longer only in the electricity business.” (Alabama Media Group)

CLEAN TECH: A popular site-selection ranking spotlights the clean tech and other sustainability features promoted by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (Site Selection Magazine)

• The president of Duke Energy in North Carolina says non-profits are blocking “real” energy solutions and a non-profit leader there responds. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Coal ash dumps in rural communities in Georgia and elsewhere are not heavily regulated. (The Rural Blog)
• A newspaper calls for a “critical and transparent” review of fracking regulations in Virginia. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

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