COAL ASH: Democrats in North Carolina seek records to determine if Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration urged regulators to declare water close to Duke Energy’s coal ash pits safe to drink. (ABC 11)

• A North Carolina coal ash bill passed by the House stalls as senators seek clarity on who qualifies for permanent, clean water supplies. (Winston Salem-Journal)
• Duke Energy says it backs strengthening coal ash oversight in North Carolina, including the revival of the state’s coal ash commission. (Penn Energy)

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PIPELINES: The federal government seeks more comments on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WTVF Public Radio)

• Questions surface about a Virginia philanthropist’s hopes to package and sell to utilities coal bundled with carbon credits from tree planting. (Greenwire)
• Environmentalists protest against leasing public lands in Kentucky for coal mining. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

WIND: The 680-foot-tall turbines proposed by Virginia-based Apex Energy for the Cumberland mountains in Tennessee draws more opposition and supporters. (WBIR)

SOLAR: A private school in Darlington, Georgia agrees to host a 5-acre solar farm and buy its electricity. (Rome News-Tribune)

CLIMATE: A Native American tribe’s land losses to rising sea levels in Louisiana also are imposing cultural changes. (National Geographic)

NATURAL GAS:  Florida and local governments sign off on Florida Power & Light’s plan to build a natural gas-fired power plant in Okeechobee County. (Miami Herald)

ACADEMIA: Duke University students speak out against the proposed addition of a natural gas-fired power plant on campus. (Raleigh News & Observer)

BIOMASS: A company that makes wood pellets in North Carolina for power generation in Europe says it’s spending $295,000 to help two conservation groups protect bottom lands for forests. (Raleigh News & Observer)

WASTE TO ENERGY: A North Carolina tribe tests a waste-to-energy process that converts recycled bottles, old tires and other waste into synthetic natural gas. (Cherokee One Feather)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla foots the bill for charging stations at the city hall in Coral Springs, Florida. (Sun Sentinel)

ACTIVISM: The Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter president reflects on 20 years of energy and climate activism. (Style Weekly)

• Google’s Project Sunroof shows how far behind Florida is on solar policy. (Miami New Times)
• Even clean energy has its costs. (The News & Advance)
• Are concerns about possible pipeline explosions in Virginia justifiable jitters or unwarranted worry? (Bacon’s Rebellion 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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