GRID: North Carolina is poised to become the U.S. hub for large-scale energy storage equipment manufacturing. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• The utility serving Jacksonville, Florida decides to boost solar power 300 percent by 2017 and offer solar-generated power to customers at a rate higher than its standard residential rate. (WOKV, News4JAX)
• Meanwhile, the Jacksonville utility delays a decision on how to credit owners of rooftop solar owners for excess power they produce. (Florida Times-Union) 
• Germany-based Wacker Chemie is looking to add a second solar cell manufacturing facility next to the one it announced this week in Tennessee.  (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• The University of Richmond unveils a third-party rooftop solar system capable of supplying enough power for a typical college dormitory. (Virginia Business)
An electric cooperative in Alabama holds a seminar this morning to answers questions and share information about solar energy. (Cullman Times)

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Danville, Virginia is to receive $2.4 million under a settlement with Duke Energy over the utility’s massive 2014 ash spill. (The Register-Bee)
Duke Energy and environmental groups are far apart in talks over how to rank the riskiness and clean-up deadlines of the utility’s 25 coal ash ponds in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, WFAE Public Radio)
• North Carolina reportedly has yet to clarify for homeowners how it decides whether water from wells near coal ash ponds is safe to drink. (WRAL)
• Citizen groups demand North Carolina classify all of Duke Energy’s ash pits at “high risk and high priority.” (Southern Environmental Law Center)

Environmental groups petition Louisiana to reverse its approval of a coal export terminal. (New Orleans Advocate)
• Data show coal’s decline in power generation is accelerating. (Washington Post)
West Virginia labor officials project a 23% decline in non-oil-and-gas mining jobs from 2015 to 2017. (USA Today)

CLIMATE: A recently-formed caucus led by two House members from Florida holds its first meeting today to discuss carbon pricing. (E&E Daily)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Environmental groups are keeping a watchful eye out for moves to perform seismic tests off North Carolina’s coast. (Coastal Review Online)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: The Senate is poised to pass a wide-ranging energy bill that would, among other things, speed approval for more LNG export terminals in Louisiana and elsewhere. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS: Federal filings show North Carolina philanthropist Jay Faison is slow to attract donations to advocate for his pursuit of a cleaner energy future. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• A large wind farm under construction in North Carolina has dubious opponents and deserves to be approved. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Drilling is safer since the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, but stakeholders must remain vigilant. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• The costs and risks of fracking in West Virginia and elsewhere outweigh the benefits. (Opposing Views)
• A University of Tennessee student urges professors and students alike to engage the TVA on its long-range power planning. (The Daily Beacon)

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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