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North Carolina will move forward with offshore wind study, governor says

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WIND: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority says 85% of the 154 companies that buy its power in the South have agreed to new 20-year deals, but its biggest customer, a Memphis utility, has not yet signed. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light customers will see a dip in their bills early next year because of lower natural gas prices, but it likely won’t last as the utility charges more for storm protection upgrades. (Sun Sentinel)

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SOLAR:
• Solar developers are building the largest solar array in the Florida Keys at a resort that was damaged by Hurricane Irma. (Keys Weekly)
• Some customers say they’re being shortchanged when selling excess solar energy back to a San Antonio, Texas, utility. (News4SA)

STORAGE: Virginia has not yet invested in or created policies for energy storage technology that could help the state expand renewables and cut emissions. (Virginia Mercury)

EFFICIENCY: A new building at Georgia Tech University is being billed as the most green and efficient in the Southeast. (Curbed Atlanta)

COAL: A lawyer confirms he is taking legal cases against the Tennessee Valley Authority about alleged health impacts for people living near or working at the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (Oak Ridger)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy reveals plans to create and monitor a coal ash landfill in North Carolina. (WLOS)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners, the new owner of an Arkansas pipeline that ruptured and leaked oil in 2013, plans to potentially restart it. (Arkansas Democrat & Gazette)

OIL & GAS: A liquefied natural gas plant in east Texas is paying to move a highway to make way for ships and provide a way out of the area for residents. (Port Arthur News)

COMMENTARY: South Carolina utility regulators need to change the rules to encourage more solar developers to come to the state, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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