CLEAN POWER PLAN: A group of Kentuckians crowdsource ideas for complying with the plan after the state lays off its Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy. (WKYU Public Radio)

• Amid coal’s collapse in West Virginia, one in four Appalachian Power customers are delinquent on their electric bills. (ClimateWire)
• Latest data for coal production in central Appalachia show a 45% decline from the same week in 2015. (Platts)
• A carbon tax to help rebuild coal communities attracts growing interest. (U.S. News & World Report)
• A new documentary about life after coal could hold lessons for leaders in Kentucky and West Virginia. (Red Alert Politics)
Duke Energy implodes three boilers as part of the demolition of a North Carolina coal plant. (WWAY-TV)

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Utilities backing the solar amendment approved for Florida’s November ballot have raised about $7 million to date. (Florida Politics blog)
• A church in North Carolina adds more panels to its rooftop system that has yet to be approved by regulators. (Greensboro News & Record)

• Two utilities in West Virginia file modest plans to help customers save on their electricity bills. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Louisville, Kentucky councilman introduces legislation that would enable commercial buildings to pay for upgrades through tax assessments. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

• Duke Energy says it’s refunding $1.3 million to wholesale customers due to findings of a federal audit. (Charlotte Observer)
Duke Energy earns kudos for how it’s “bridging the gap” between traditional utility operations and the “grid edge.” (Greentech Media)
Florida Power & Light christens a natural gas-fueled power plant. (Sun Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Kentucky moves to add up to 20 charging stations to the 30 currently available. (Associated Press)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: Louisiana and local agencies unveil a web site designed to help unemployed citizens find jobs with LNG companies. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

RENEWABLES: A middle school in North Carolina is capable of relying totally on its own solar and geothermal energy systems. (Fayetteville Observer)

GENERATION: Interest grows as a North Carolina company’s technology moves closer to generating emissions-free electricity at a pilot plant near Houston. (Raleigh News & Observer)

NUCLEAR: Regulators move to strengthen cyber security at all plants. (The Hill)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Here’s why Florida is a leading market for plants that generate electricity from garbage. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: The grid operator serving parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi begins weighing medium-term energy storage options. (RTO Insider)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:series of six documentaries aimed at blocking drilling off the Atlantic Coast are being screened beginning tonight in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. (Port City Daily)

• North Carolina’s environmental agency rejects legal representation by the attorney general in matters that could include coal ash litigation. (Fayetteville Observer)
• Concerns arise over the nuclear industry’s push for small modular reactors. (Climate Change News)
• A University of Florida professor weighs in about reported tritium levels found near the Turkey Point nuclear plant. (Palm Beach Post)
• A newspaper publisher in Mississippi slams rural electric co-ops for undermining solar energy. (RenewablesBiz)
• An advocate speaks out for customer choice for solar in Louisiana ahead of a widely-anticipated ruling by regulators. (Bossier Press-Tribune)
• An environmental activist challenges the need for Duke Energy’s newly-approved natural gas plant near Asheville, North Carolina. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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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