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N.C. governor: Offshore wind must be part of energy future

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WIND: Gov. Roy Cooper tells a wind energy conference he wants to end legislative battles over wind energy and make offshore projects part of North Carolina’s clean energy mix. (WFAE) 

ALSO: A renewable energy developer orders 494 MW of GE wind turbines for two projects in Oklahoma and South Dakota. (Renewables Now)

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SOLAR:
• Kentucky utility regulators hold their first public meeting to review the state’s net metering rules since a new law took effect that could lower how much customers get for excess power they produce. (WFPL)
• A new solar farm that will produce enough energy to power two large neighborhoods opens in Jackson, Tennessee. (WBBJ)

EFFICIENCY:
• A clean energy group upgrades 1,480 homes in three Florida counties as part of a property assessed clean energy program. (Florida Politics)
• Knoxville, Tennessee, installs 28,000 LED streetlights, and a local organization plans to host an energy efficiency workshop. (WATE)

EMISSIONS: Louisville, Kentucky, officials release a plan to cut carbon emissions, but some clean energy advocates say it’s not ambitious enough. (WFPL)

COAL: Santee Cooper officials say closing a coal plant in South Carolina will help pay off some nuclear plant debt so they don’t have to charge customers even more. (ABC 15)

COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental regulators will hold a hearing next month on Duke Energy’s plan to bury coal ash and industrial waste at a site the company says will eventually become a solar farm. (WLOS)

PIPELINES: Several natural gas pipeline companies, including one in eastern Texas, are seeking federal regulators’ permission to put pipelines in service before winter. (S&P Global)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The mayor of Nags Head, North Carolina, is one of 30 leaders from coastal states heading to Washington D.C. to urge lawmakers to keep offshore drilling protections. (Coastal Review Online)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia high school students get a free oil and gas training course at their school. (WBOY)

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