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Rising coal exports boost ailing industry but may not last

COAL: Rising coal exports are giving a short-term boost to the nation’s struggling coal industry, though coal-fired power plants continue to close despite promises from the Trump administration. (New York Times)

CLIMATE: Two independent research teams say rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, which affected Texas and Louisiana, was significantly heavier than it would have been before the era of human-caused global warming. (Washington Post)

• FERC denied a rehearing request to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline. (Landcaster Online)
• Pipeline opponents are confused after Virginia regulators granted approval to one pipeline project but asked for further review on another. (Virginia Public Radio)

• Georgia utility regulators have pitched ideas that could end up part of a deal with Georgia Power to complete its long-delayed and over-budget Vogtle nuclear project. (E&E, registration required)
• The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told lawmakers the government’s role in advancing new nuclear power designs will get more expensive if the Trump administration and Congress are serious about moving the reactors to market. (Washington Examiner)
• GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has laid off workers at a North Carolina facility, citing “current challenges in the nuclear power industry.” (Star News)

• Dozens of U.S. mayors from across the country, including many in the Southeast, released a joint statement in support of solar energy. (Solar Industry)
• Appalachian Power is planning its first photovoltaic solar generation project in Virginia. (Solar Industry)

UTILITIES: The North Carolina president of Duke Energy wrote a paid published letter to Amazon saying its next headquarters should be in the state, in part due to the utility’s clean energy efforts. (WRAL)

A look at the relationship between Duke Energy and a North Carolina university, where an advisory panel has helped the utility figure out what to do with coal ash. (WFAE)
Duke Energy has moved more than 3 million tons of coal ash from a site in North Carolina as part of a state mandate and what the utility says is its transition to cleaner energy. (WSOCTV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials in Miami-Dade County say electric buses may be a solution to cut carbon emissions while easing congestion on roadways. (WLRN)

COMMENTARY: An energy expert explains how a law in South Carolina can serve as an initial template to help residential solar grow throughout the Southeast. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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