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Report: Solar-powered Virginia schools triple in last 2 years

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SOLAR: A new advisory board in Virginia is tasked with creating a pilot program to finance solar projects for low-income residents. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The number of Virginia schools that have added solar panels has tripled in the last two years, according to a new report. (WVTF)
• Florida Power & Light is installing more than 500 solar panels to help power events at Miami’s Bayfront Park. (CBS Miami)
• Two western Kentucky farms receive U.S. Department of Agriculture grants to install solar projects. (Kentucky New Era)

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BIOGAS: Dominion Energy launches a $200 million national effort to convert methane from cow manure into natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam pushes for $733 million in funding to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay and promote the state’s growing offshore wind industry. (WAVY)

EFFICIENCY: A financing company says it has completed nearly 40,000 energy efficiency and storm hardening upgrades at homes across Florida through property assessed clean energy, or PACE, since 2012. (Florida Politics)

RENEWABLES:
• Florida could benefit from $1 billion dollars in investment and 60,000 jobs through 2030 if businesses had more options to get renewable energy through utilities, according to a new report from a clean energy group. (news release)
• Alexandria, Virginia, is recognized by the Department of Energy for its use of solar energy and other renewables. (WDVM)

OIL & GAS:
• The natural gas industry is slowing down, with once-booming gas fields in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas quiet and energy companies like Chevron reducing investments in Appalachia. (New York Times)
• West Virginia regulators consider a proposal to transition a coal-fired plant to natural gas. (WV Metro News)
• The economic benefits from shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have been less than the cost of premature deaths caused by the pollution it releases, according to a new study. (WESA)
• Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil-services companies, says it will power all its Texas operations with wind and solar. (Bloomberg)
• Louisiana residents say Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond is “missing in action” when it comes to addressing pollution from the petrochemical industry. (The Guardian)

COAL: West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin pledges to block all legislation until pensions and health benefits are secured for coal miners. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: A group of representatives who advise Tennessee Valley Authority are meeting this week to discuss the utility’s coal ash management. (Oak Ridger)

POLITICS: After 10 years in office and multiple renewable energy and climate change initiatives, South Miami’s mayor steps down. (Miami Herald)

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