• In response to the Don Blankenship trial, a Virginia congressman seeks tougher penalties for mining violations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Coal’s decline may mean the a Mississippi carbon capture project has missed its window of opportunity. (Biloxi Sun Herald)
• A photo essay shows a West Virginia coal town at its turning point. (Associated Press)

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COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority unveils $1 billion in improvements to more safely store ash at a Tennessee coal plant. (Nashville Public Radio)

POLLUTION: EPA standards for mercury and other pollutants appear likely to withstand a pending legal challenge. (Greenwire)

• Tea Party activist Debbie Dooley explains why she supports a solar choice amendment in Florida. (The Guardian)
• A Virginia co-op signs deals for 30 MW of solar. (Bacon’s Rebellion)

POLICY: Experts predict federal tax credits for wind and solar will most likely be phased out over a 5-year period. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: Despite no near-term need for capacity, the Tennessee Valley Authority is keeping its options open on whether to build a new nuclear plant. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

FRACKING: Virginia groups call for tougher safeguards on fracking. (Bristol Herald Courier)

HYDRO: Duke Energy wants its license to manage the Catawba River extended for an additional ten years. (Charlotte Observer)

WIND: Developers of a controversial Arkansas wind farm haven’t taken the initial steps to connect the project to the grid. (Arkansas Online)

• Is a Virginia utility’s green energy option worth the money? (The Energy Collective)
• The threat of coal ash pollution should push Virginia forward on the Clean Power Plan. (Danville Register & Bee)
• North Carolina is taking a wrong turn on climate. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Cities and counties should be able to say no to fracking. (Tallahassee Democrat)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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