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Lawmakers want pipeline sabotage to be considered terrorism

SOLAR: A solar co-op innovator is expanding, with a goal of establishing operations in at all 50 states by the end of 2018 while also empowering homeowners. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO: Officials in two Mississippi counties have approved resolutions of intent for tax benefits to help attract solar companies that are considering locating in the state. (The Dispatch)

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PIPELINES: Four U.S. Representatives from Louisiana have included their signatures on a letter to the U.S. attorney general, asking whether crimes against natural gas pipelines would qualify as domestic terrorism. (KATC)

UTILITIES: North Carolina’s utility customer advocate recommends Duke Energy Progress’ rate increase be less than one-tenth of a percent, rather than the 14 percent the utility proposed. (Charlotte Business Journal)

BIOFUEL: A British biofuel company plans to build a refinery in Mississippi that will turn wood into the equivalent of diesel or jet fuel. (Associated Press)

• A hedge fund bought the largest portion of a $2.2 billion claim that two South Carolina utilities had against Toshiba following the bankruptcy of Westinghouse. (Reuters)
• A look at how problems snowballed for now-bankrupt Westinghouse, after selling plants in South Carolina, Georgia and China to kick off what was supposed to be a nuclear renaissance. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

POLICY: Eight former federal energy regulators are publicly opposing the Trump administration’s plan to boost nuclear and coal-fired power plants, saying it would be “a significant step backward.” (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: North Carolina’s attorney general and a customer advocate says the costs of cleaning up coal ash operations should be split between Duke Energy shareholders and customers. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: An employee of a West Virginia coal mining operation was found dead Monday, nearly doubling the number of U.S. coal mining deaths from last year. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Rising sea levels and human activities, including oil and gas extraction from the Gulf Coast, are creating a worst-case scenario for Native Americans of the Mississippi Delta, scientists say. (Science Daily)

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OVERSIGHT: Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, is likely to take a coveted seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (Associated Press)

• An official from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy questions the intended route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Georgia Power will begin a community solar program in January, but at a remarkably steep price. (PV magazine)
• Two guest columnists say we owe it to hurricane victims in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and elsewhere to modernize the electric grid. (New York Times)
• The Trump administration’s proposal to boost coal and nuclear power in the U.S. is a costly bailout that should be rejected. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The North Carolina president of Duke Energy says the state is a great fit for Amazon’s second North American headquarters. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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