POLITICS: Conservative North Carolina businessman Jay Faison says acting to mitigate climate change will do as much to shore up the GOP brand as it will to help the planet. (E&E Daily)

• A unit of Duke Energy purchased a 20-megawatt solar plant to supply power to Dominion North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)
• A developer is planning to build a $12 million, 3.5-megawatt solar farm in Yadkinville, North Carolina. (Triad Business Journal)
• Researchers project myriad economic benefits from an 80-megawatt solar system planned for northern Alabama. (The Crimson White)

LANDFILL GAS: Florida Power & Light needs to alter equipment for Miami-Dade County to realize the full benefit of powering its water treatment plant with methane gas from a landfill. (Miami Today)

WIND: A Senate panel approves extending the production tax credit for wind energy. (The Hill)

TRANSPORTATION: A deal for a Senate bill brokered in part by Mitch McConnell proposes selling oil from the reserve in Louisiana to pay for highway repairs and assumes oil can be sold for $89 per barrel. (The Hill)

• The Wilmington, North Carolina city council passed a resolution opposing seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas off its coast. (Port City Daily)
Brunswick County, North Carolina residents protested approval by county commissioners of seismic testing for oil and gas off its coast. (Star News)

• Patriot Coal tells a bankruptcy court if it won’t permit the company to nullify collective bargaining agreements it will run out of cash within a few weeks. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Stricter regulations on coal mining and power plant emissions are souring investors on coal-related investments as negative earnings reports loom. (SNL Financial)

PIPELINES: Arkansas’ attorney general opposes a water utility’s acceptance of a proposed consent decree with Exxon Mobil over the 2013 Pegasus Pipeline rupture. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

• The former CEO of the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge tied to kickbacks from vendors. (Associated Press)
Florida-based NextEra Energy’s proposed acquisition of Hawaii’s electric utility is drawing increasing opposition from state agencies there. (Greentech Media)

• A North Carolina study concluding electric cars are worse polluters than gasoline cars relied on outdated data and failed to consider the rapidly changing energy mix. (Greentech Media)
• A polluter protection bill gaining momentum in the North Carolina legislature needs to be stopped. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)

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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