COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators order Duke Energy to manage ash swept away from its H.F. Lee power plant by flooding. (Associated Press)

• In a deposition made public Thursday, a North Carolina official testified the governor’s office last year rewrote a health risk warning to private well owners near ash basins. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• In the first rate case to deal with ash cleanup costs, South Carolina and Duke Energy Progress agree on its first overall rate increase in 27 years. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Is net metering the ultimate target in the battle over Florida’s Amendment 1? (InsideClimate News)
Firefighters in South Carolina are learning how to deal with rooftop solar systems during emergencies. (The State)
• A company completes a grid-tied 1.2 megawatt research project at the University of Georgia. (PV-Tech)
• The new program by electric co-ops in Georgia is set to grow solar beyond their current total of 240 megawatts. (Green Power EMC)
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe cuts the ribbon on the sixth public school in Ablemarle County to host a solar system funded by a federal grant. (The Daily Progress)
• Public hearings are set for a large solar system planned in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. (South Hill Enterprise)

• A coastal Virginia city combats sometimes catastrophic flooding by recharging aquifers with purified wastewater. (Washington Post)
• The longest-tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida says others need to talk on air about the weather’s links to rising sea levels and their regional impacts. (ThinkProgress)

• Florida Power & Light embarks on a 10-year effort to rid its Turkey Point cooling pond of extremely salty water and the threat it poses to area drinking water supplies. (Palm Beach Post)
Georgia Power customers are to get a rate decrease for four years under a settlement on recovering reactor construction costs. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COAL: As Congress fails to act, the stakes rise for retired coal miners set to lose benefits at year’s end. (Mother Jones)

PIPELINES: How pipelines cross streams draws scrutiny at a public meeting in West Virginia about the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (The Exponent Telegram)

• Recently revealed comments expose “mendacious doublespeak” by Florida utilities in promoting the solar Amendment 1. (Miami Herald)
• Some states are making real progress growing solar energy, although they’re far behind North Carolina. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Reject Florida utilities’ “shameful” solar campaign. (Orlando Sentinel)

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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