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• North Carolina Republicans seek to shut down a nearly completed wind farm, claiming it will interfere with a nearby Navy radar site in Virginia and alleging “political correctness” prevented the Pentagon from opposing the project. (Associated Press)
• A Republican lawmaker who represents the district where the project is located says he’s seen no evidence the project poses an issue: “I think there are some who are trying to set up the military as a straw man.” (Coastal Review Online)

FRACKING: A bill in the Virginia legislature would exempt some fracking chemicals from public records requests. (Associated Press)

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• A federal judge orders the U.S. EPA to quickly calculate the number of coal-related jobs lost as a result of pollution regulations. (Associated Press)
• Like President-elect Trump, West Virginia’s new governor, coal executive Jim Justice, is refusing to divest of his business interests, raising ethical red flags. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups sue Georgia regulators for failing to review out-of-date permits for five coal plants. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL ASH: A Georgia city considers a resolution calling for tougher oversight of coal ash storage. (Golden Isles News)

POLLUTION: Toxic air emissions in North Carolina have fallen 79 percent over the past decade, in large part due to the closure of 7 coal plants. (Charlotte Observer)

• A North Carolina school district takes a step toward a major solar project, part of a larger trend for schools in the state. (Southeast Energy News)
• Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces a new 20 MW solar project. (Associated Press)
Work begins on a 120 MW solar project at a Florida Air Force base. (news release)
• A meeting in a North Carolina county will help landowners better understand the impacts of solar development. (The Pilot)

NUCLEAR: The buyers of an unfinished Alabama nuclear plant say developing the site will generate $1 billion in economic benefit. (

• President-elect Trump’s choice to lead the EPA would pose a threat to Tennessee’s growing clean energy economy. (The Tennessean)
• Why Athens, Georgia should move forward on solar: “Every day that passes without moving in the direction of positive change only speeds up climate troubles.” (The Red and Black)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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