OIL & GAS: Gov. Pat McCrory demands share of proceeds from any oil and natural gas produced offshore North Carolina. (Houston Chronicle)

EFFICIENCY: How long until Virginia catches up with its Southeast neighbors in developing markets for clean energy? (Energy Efficiency Markets) 

North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy’s coal ash pits that it’s not safe to drink or cook with their well water after test results. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• North Carolina residents who live near the Dan River want frequent and thorough monitoring of the water quality in the wake of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill.  (News & Record)
• A judge is mulling a delay to a Duke Energy shareholder lawsuit prompted by the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River while it tries to resolve related lawsuits and finalize settlement of a related criminal investigation. (Associated Press)

WIND: Gulf Power received approval from the Florida PSC to purchase wind energy generated in Oklahoma(Associated Press)

Louisiana’s U.S. Senators are asking FEMA to drop climate disaster planning as condition for federal disaster mitigation grants. (The Times-Picayune)
• West Virginia’s Attorney General tells the U.S. Senate that finalizing the Clean Power Plan would have a “devastating impact” on the Mountaineer State. (Associated Press)
• A bill by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky would allow states to ‘opt out’ of carbon dioxide regulations. (WFPL Public Radio, Louisville)

SOLAR: Build solar or save trees? Environmental groups sue over a Mississippi theme park’s plans to cut nearly 19,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS PIPELINES: Duke Energy is buying a share of the Sabal Trail Pipeline which transports natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Editorial: the ‘sinking feeling’ of a city — Hampton Roads, VA — losing ground to rising sea levels due to climate change. (The Virginian-Pilot)
Sen. Lamar Alexander makes a plug for nuclear power as a much-needed source of base load power. (Elk Valley Times, Tennessee)

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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