WIND: North Carolina is one step closer to offshore wind turbines. (WUNC Public Radio)

CLIMATE: The mayor of Miami-Dade boosts spending on climate resiliency in his budget for the next fiscal year. (Miami Herald)

SUSTAINABILITY: New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is leading the team and the Superdome toward a greener future. (GreenBiz)

UTILITIES: The Clean Power Plan is pushing Duke Energy to build more natural gas and renewable energy plants and changing how it deploys its nuclear reactors. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• A new web site captures the potential and growing disparity of solar energy markets and policies throughout the Southeast. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• Citizens in Augusta, Virginia call for a lot more solar energy to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan. (Augusta Free Press)
• Southern Company unveils a new battery storage system to back up a Georgia solar array. (WRGA Radio)
• A Florida utility says it’s making progress on three new solar projects in the state. (PV Tech)

OIL: A U.S. House committee passes a bill to allow crude oil exports, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. (Reuters)

• A power plant in West Virginia aims to become one of the cleanest and most efficient coal-burners in the region. (SNL)
• A third public hearing finds mounting opposition to a coal export terminal near New Orleans. (WDSU-TV, New Orleans)
• West Virginians clash over the federal government’s proposed stream protection rule and its would-be impacts on mining jobs and water quality. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A judge refuses to allow former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to take a business trip to North Carolina. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Don’t underestimate the ability of Alabama’s students to grasp the impacts of climate change. (The Dothan Eagle)

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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