SOLAR:
• Class-action lawsuits brought against solar leasing companies in Louisiana and elsewhere are raising questions about who’s protecting consumers. (Greentech Media)
Dominion Virginia Power received a hearing examiner’s approval to build a 20 megawatt solar energy system near Remington. (Fauquier Now)
• A Florida entrepreneur says solar energy today is where cellular phones were 20 years ago. (Tallahassee Democrat)

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS:
• Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are among at least 28 states probing VW’s use of secret software to thwart diesel emissions tests. (Associated Press)
• Some Tennessee officials are wary of VW reducing its operations in the state where the automaker has a large plant. (Associated Press)
• A VW owner and law firm in Louisville bid to launch a class-action lawsuit against the embattled automaker. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
The EPA plans sweeping changes to the way it tests for diesel emissions. (Associated Press)

METHANE EMISSIONS: After busting Volkswagen, West Virginia University scientists now are assessing methane emissions from natural gas shale drilling. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina regulators approve a $64.5 million rate increase to cover cost overruns at two new nuclear units. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Some North Carolina officials are looking at how new reactors could “leapfrog” natural gas to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Raleigh-based Cree is pursuing municipal lighting LED retrofits in Taiwan with a local vendor. (Triangle Business Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE: Duke Energy is trying to standardize energy storage for small companies that want the security of backup power. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Travelers parking their vehicles at Nashville’s airport now have access to one quick- and two slow-charging stations. (WSMV-TV, Nashville)

SUSTAINABILITY: The Metro Atlanta Chamber champions local companies for connecting environmental gains with economic success. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

POLLUTION: The connection between cleaner air and longer lives is becoming more clear. (The New York Times)

UTILITIES:
• There are at least five lawsuits seeking to stop the sale of Tampa-based TECO Energy. (Saint Peters Blog)
• Utility rates are a hot issue in Albany, Georgia heading toward municipal elections Nov. 3. (Albany Herald)

POWER DEMAND: The south region of the power pool that includes parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported record demand in July and then again in August. (Utility Dive)

POPE’S U.S. VISIT: Why a Baptist pastor from Atlanta joined hundreds rallying for climate action in Washington during the Pope’s visit. (Climate Progress)

WORKFORCE EDUCATION: Eight elementary and secondary schools in West Virginia are part of a new utility-led push to foster better STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS: Citing risks to endangered species, two environmental groups are challenging plans for an oil terminal at the mouth of the York River in Virginia. (The Daily Press)

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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