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S.C. attorney general joins offshore drilling lawsuit

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina’s attorney general joins a lawsuit against the Trump administration to stop seismic testing for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (The State)

ALSO: The Trump administration is keeping staff on the job to process offshore drilling permits during the government shutdown. (Bloomberg)

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STORAGE: Battery storage has huge potential in North Carolina, but advocates say the degree and speed of deployment depends on state policy. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy’s 2019 rebates for installing solar panels were used up by homeowners in just two days. (WFAE)
• Solar cooperative members in Florida ask local officials to introduce more solar-friendly policies and initiatives. (The Ledger)  

WIND:
• Louisiana-based Southwestern Electric Power Company requests proposals for up to 1,200 MW of wind power to be used by December 2021. (KTAL)
• EDF Renewables secures an agreement for three wind farms in Texas totaling 430 MW of energy. (Renewables Now)
• The Supreme Court refuses to hear a case involving the Osage Wind Project in Oklahoma, which could allow a tribe to seek damages over unauthorized mining. (News on 6)
• Florida lags on wind energy because it’s not breezy enough to be viable in many areas. (Sun Sentinel)

RENEWABLES: A Texas energy consultant launches Texas Power Pool, a power purchasing option for schools, government agencies, and other public entities to use aggregated renewable energy. (Solar Industry)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia air pollution regulators are expected to vote today on building a compressor station in Buckingham County. (Associated Press)
• Texas landowners are working to reroute Kinder Morgan’s $2 billion natural gas pipeline from the Permian Basin. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas legislators try to figure out what to do with $12 billion in oil and gas taxes that have built up in a reserve fund. (E&E News, subscription)
• Shell fires up a petrochemical plant in south Louisiana along the Gulf Coast. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin asks TVA not to close its coal-fired power plant in Western Kentucky. (Associated Press)
• An Oklahoma utility wants to increase rates after spending $600 million on upgrades to equipment designed to reduce emissions. (Associated Press)
• Another Texas coal-fired power plant will suspend operations this summer. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: Alabama Power is raising rates over the next year, citing $200 million in coal ash cleanup costs. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s position on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions, a columnist says. (Carolina Journal)

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