FRACKING: Companies can begin applying for fracking permits in North Carolina as new state regulations take effect. (Associated Press)

• The North Carolina Supreme Court hears arguments over whether state regulations require immediate cleanup of leaking coal ash dumps. (Associated Press)
• A judicial panel sides with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory in a dispute over who can appoint members of a committee overseeing coal ash cleanup. (Associated Press)

• Louisiana officials seek more information on a proposed coal export terminal. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• The president of the West Virginia Coal Association says production in the state is declining, adding “the federal government has taken its toll on coal.” (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
A worker is killed in a rockfall at a Virginia coal mine. (Kingsport Times News)

• Backers of a solar referendum in Florida say they have nearly enough signatures to get it on the ballot. (SaintPetersBlog)
• A solar manufacturer plans an $11 million manufacturing facility in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Duke Energy is considering a 12.8 MW solar facility at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. (Jacksonville Daily News)
• The University of Georgia seeks approval for a 10-acre solar farm. (Athens Banner-Herald)
• A bulk-buy residential solar program begins to roll out in South Carolina. (FierceEnergy)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators have been quietly rewriting pipeline safety rules in the two years since a major spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. (EnergyWire)

• A BP report claims the Gulf Coast is back to normal after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; environmental advocates aren’t so sure. (WEAR-TV)
• Tulane University receives $1.4 million from a BP research fund to help coastal communities prepare for future oil spills. (New Orleans Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Florida lawmakers reject an amendment that would have ended a fee paid by ratepayers for a scrapped nuclear project. (Tampa Bay Times)

UTILITIES: The president of Kentucky Power says the utility is exploring cleaner power sources after “the EPA came after us.” (Ashland Independent)

EPA: Representatives from the Southeast expressed more concern than counterparts in other regions about impacts from EPA carbon regulations. (RTO Insider)

TRANSPORTATION: Arkansas-based trucking company J.B. Hunt will consider a shareholder’s proposal for a company-wide carbon reduction plan. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Why the Clean Power Plan will boost Virginia’s economy. (NRDC Switchboard)

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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