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North Carolina AG to challenge Duke coal ash cleanup decision

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EFFICIENCY: After a more than year-long saga with North Carolina’s building council, the state will see modest changes to its residential energy conservation code. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: North Carolina’s attorney general says he will challenge state regulators’ decision to allow Duke Energy to charge consumers hundreds of millions of dollars for cleaning up coal ash. (Associated Press)

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• The South Carolina legislature overrides Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of a proposal to temporarily cut SCE&G’s electric rates by 15 percent. (The Herald)
• SCANA cuts its quarterly dividend by 80 percent after South Carolina lawmakers reduce electricity rates the utility charges customers. (The State)

• A South Carolina state senate committee removes a budget amendment that would have lifted the state’s net metering cap. (Utility Dive)
• A new solar farm in Georgetown, Texas will help the town’s efforts to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (KVUE)
• A solar energy ordinance approved in Augusta County, Virginia without recommended changes has officials split over how to handle development. (News Virginian)
• Most business owners in South and Central Florida say renewable energy makes economic sense, according to a survey from an environmental group. (WLRN)
• Construction begins in Tennessee on a 15 MW solar project for the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Solar Power World)
• Winnebago County, North Carolina officials approve plans for the county’s first solar farm. (Rockford Register Star)

COAL: A National Academy of Sciences report says the coal mining industry needs a “fundamental shift” in the way it controls miners’ exposure to coal dust to prevent black lung disease. (WFPL)

• The race to pump oil out of the Permian Basin in Texas has led to a shortage of pipelines, workers, and infrastructure. (CNN Money)
• West Virginia lawmakers push a proposal for a massive underground storage hub for natural gas liquids and chemicals as an economic boon to the state. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Texas officials confirm that natural gas was part of the cause of an explosion at a hospital. (Temple Daily Telegram)
• Poland signs a deal to import two billion tons of liquid natural gas a year from a terminal in Jefferson County, Texas. (Emerging Europe)
• An Tellurian executive says the natural gas company expects to make a decision on its proposed liquefied natural gas export facility in Louisiana in the first quarter of 2019. (Reuters)

• Lawmakers friendly with the natural gas industry, including a West Virginia Republican senator, say federal regulators should help the industry push back against opposition by environmental groups to pipeline projects. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators question two companies about plans to build natural gas pipelines in South Texas. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester locked herself to equipment to stop construction in Virginia but was removed by authorities. (WDBJ)

POWER PLANTS: The Trump administration uses national security as its reason to bail out coal and nuclear plants, but it’s not working as well as they intended. (The Intercept)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Scientists say the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may have had lasting impacts on even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico. (The Guardian)

• An editorial board argues that a massive battery storage project in West Texas could propel the state’s renewable energy industry and help customers reduce energy bills. (Dallas Morning News)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy praises the Florida Municipal Power Agency for committing to solar development in the state. (SACE)
• A Charleston, West Virginia resident says people should reduce their carbon footprint by using renewable energy even though economic development officials are pushing natural gas and coal. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Nature Conservancy board member says Florida’s ban on offshore drilling should be made permanent. (News-Press)

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