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UTILITIES: Texas electricity regulators expect next summer’s reserve margin for electricity to be nearly 3 percent lower than expected because of higher demand from oil and gas drilling. (Houston Chronicle)

• Virginia solar developers learn how to integrate projects with their surroundings to ease land-use disputes. (Energy News Network)
• Alabama A&M University will swap out diesel buses for electric ones. (WHNT)
• A group of Virginia Tech students win first place at an international solar  competition with a solar and smart home design. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• A rooftop solar company moves its headquarters from California to Houston. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

• U.S. coal consumption drops to its lowest level since 1979, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration. (Associated Press)
• Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul criticizes TVA for proposing to close a Western Kentucky coal-fired power plant. (WBKO)
• The United Mine Workers of America sues federal regulators for reducing oversight of a West Virginia coal mine with a poor safety record. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: Roane County, Tennessee officials approve funds for potential lawsuits against TVA and contractor Jacobs Engineering over the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. (WBIR)

PIPELINES: Marathon Petroleum says it’s in talks with Exxon Mobil and a pipeline company to build a Permian Basin-to-Gulf Coast pipeline. (Houston Chronicle)

• Supreme Court Justices seem to support Virginia’s ban on uranium mining and were reluctant to guess the intentions of the state legislature. (New York Times)
• A South Carolina judge gives preliminary approval to SCANA’s $2.1 billion settlement with customers over a failed nuclear project. (The State)
• More than 100 workers across the Carolinas will lose jobs because of a nuclear fuel facility shutting down. (Charlotte Observer)

• West Virginia’s Speaker of the House is also a lawyer for natural gas companies and recently introduced legislation to limit legal challenges that slowed natural gas growth in the state. (ProPublica, Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new federal report touts the potential for ethane storage in Appalachia to support the petrochemical industry. (WVPB)
• West Virginia state regulators strike a deal with oil and gas companies to plug only a handful of abandoned wells over the next 15 years. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Natural gas prices surge, helping some Houston energy companies recover costs lost during the drop in oil prices this year. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A South Carolina representative who says he was elected due to offshore drilling opposition pledges to fight the Trump administration’s move to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: Incumbent Georgia Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton defeats a Democrat in a runoff election to wind a third term. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Republicans and Democrats can unite behind opposition to offshore drilling, an editorial board argues. (Daily Record)

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