NET METERING: Mississippi regulators reject requests to reconsider the state’s new net metering policy. (Mississippi Business Journal)

WIND: South Carolina officials say at least two companies have expressed interested in leasing tracts for offshore wind. (Charleston Post and Courier)

CLIMATE: A national climate advocacy organization will step up its push for a 50 percent renewable energy standard in Florida. (SaintPetersBlog)

POLICY: Kentucky lawmakers hear about the benefits of renewable energy standards. (Public News Service)

• A bill in the Kentucky legislature would open up new incentives for the coal industry. (Associated Press)
• Could tourism help revive West Virginia’s economy? (eTurboNews)

• At a gathering in Louisiana, analysts are optimistic about the long-term future of the industry but “don’t have a lot of good news” for 2016. (Baton Rouge Advocate)
• A Florida lawmaker says allowing fracking in the state “makes no sense whatsoever.” (SaintPetersBlog)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators issue a positive safety report for a South Carolina nuclear plant. (Lake Wylie Pilot)

UTILITIES: Piedmont Natural Gas shareholders sign off on the company’s proposed sale to Duke Energy. (Utility Dive/Charlotte Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A global energy efficiency firm will be headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

• Duke Energy will contribute $100,000 to a solar education and workforce training center in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A North Carolina middle school has raised enough money to install a small solar array. (Mount Airy News)

• Alabama lawmakers consider raising the state’s gasoline tax. (Alabama Media Group)
• Officials in St. Petersburg debate whether to pursue a $1.5 million bike sharing program. (SaintPetersBlog)

• In conservative South Carolina, offshore wind is getting more support than offshore drilling. (Washington Post)
• Kentucky lawmakers should stop trying to “incentivize the walking dead” and support clean energy. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Bill Nye the Science Guy says NASCAR should abandon “ancient” technology and go with electric cars. (Aeon)

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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