COAL: Some lawmakers in Congress want to tap the federal mine reclamation fund to extend health and pension benefits for retired miners. (McClatchy)

ALSO:
• Alpha Natural Resources said it intends to shut down its last operating mine in Kentucky, laying off 117 workers. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A new law in West Virginia to fast-track cost recovery for power plant retrofits there is working as advocates hoped, a trade group president says. (West Virginia Record)

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UTILITIES:
• Advocates say Duke Energy’s long-term plans for efficiency initiatives and new power plants are ‘woefully inadequate.’ (Southeast Energy News)
Piedmont Natural Gas in North Carolina has spent almost $25 million on expenses to consummate its merger with Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A research group’s analysis concludes that MonPower’s takeover of a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia has cost its customers there $164 million since 2013. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• Two companies developing solar systems in North Carolina and Virginia may try to sell power directly to customers, not utilities. (PV Magazine)
• Opposition is surfacing in North Carolina to farmers leasing their land for solar systems. (Coastal Review Online)
• A report on solar markets by a consumer group updates the cost of installed systems in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina, among other states. (Energy Manager Today)

NUCLEAR:
• Amid climate change concerns, researchers say a looming threat for nuclear plants across the country is the availability of suitable water to cool them. (Midwest Energy News)
• Questions loom over whether the sale of the TVA’s Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama will foster local economic development and create new jobs. (EnergyWire)
• Federal regulators cite issues of “low safety significance” at two reactors in Georgia and one each in Louisiana and Tennessee. (Nuclear Street)
• A plant in South Carolina designed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear plants is $12 million over budget at the latest count and potentially decades away from completion. (The State)

PIPELINES:
• The CEO of Dominion says the targeted startup of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been pushed out to early 2019 while asserting its route “is essentially complete.” (Lynchburg News & Advance)
• Three Virginia congressmen call for federal regulators to hold public hearings and one-on-one meetings to vet the environmental impact of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Augusta Free Press)

COAL ASH: North Carolina’s environmental agency proposes to allow leaks of ash-polluted water at three Duke Energy sites in the Roanoke and Dan River basins. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The grid operator that covers all of West Virginia, most of Virginia and parts of Kentucky and North Carolina concludes that a regional, not a state-based, approach can foster more efficient compliance with the Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A hearing officer in Virginia recommends against allowing Tesla to open a company-owned store in Richmond. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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2010 BP OIL SPILL: Today human statues are to be unveiled in New Orleans to memorialize the 11 men who lost their lives in the explosion. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
• A Georgia utility commissioner says the U.S. should find a way to recycle spent fuel from commercial nuclear plants. (The Energy Times)
• Does the opening soon of two new coal mines in West Virginia for producing steel signal coal’s comeback? (The Exponent Telegram)

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Jim Pierobon

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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