• Scaling back North Carolina’s renewable energy policies could put its solar market at risk, warns a lead industry group. (PV Tech)
• Several large investment firms plan to prioritize solar power in the next five years, according to a survey. (ClimateProgress)
• A bulk-purchasing cooperative in Charlottesville, Virginia re-opens to respond to strong demand for rooftop solar. (The Daily Progress)

• EPA’s proposed higher mileage standards for heavy-duty trucks would boost the rating about one-third, up from 6 miles-per-gallon. (The New York Times)
• A projected two-year payback on EPA’s proposed truck mileage standards balanced against higher price tags frame reactions by stakeholders. (Greenwire)

• How two Florida agencies approach climate change very differently. (Miami Herald)
• A Dutch water expert prods Miami to develop a comprehensive approach with short-term interventions on climate resiliency and safety. (Toronto Star)
• The mayor of Blacksburg, Virginia shares top honors for adapting his city to climate change. (Collegiate Times)

PIPELINES: Scrutiny of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia heightens with growing attention on compressor stations. (The Roanoke Times)

• How Don Blankenship became the first coal chief in Appalachia to face criminal charges that could put him in prison. (The New York Times)
• Murray Energy is calling 262 hourly employees back to work at a mine in the northern West Virginia panhandle. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Workers this week are removing the last vestiges of a coal burning boiler at the University of Georgia’s main campus. (Athens Banner-Herald)

FRACKING: A study links a dramatic increase in earthquakes in the eastern and central U.S. to fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development. (Science Times)

WIND: Inconsistent government policies are limiting the potential for wind energy. (The News Virginian)

NUCLEAR: A draft bill in the U.S. House would move waste from nuclear power plants throughout the Southeast and elsewhere to a temporary site. (E&E Daily)

R&D: Researchers peer 20 years into the future for viable, cleaner energy technologies. (The News Virginian)

• A study finds more than 17,000 companies across Tennessee employ nearly 325,000 workers in “advanced energy.”  (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
• Real-time pricing motivates the University of Georgia to prod students and staffers to conserve electricity. (Athens Banner-Herald)

Duke Energy’s lower fuel costs clear the way for electricity rate reductions for its North Carolina customers. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• AARP is asking the Florida Supreme Court to stop Florida Power & Light from investing in speculative natural gas production in Oklahoma. (Saint Peters Blog)

BP OIL SPILL: As claims centers close from the 2010 Gulf Coast spill, attention shifts to evaluating which claims have merit. (New Orleans Public Radio)

Florida’s governor and legislature are not good friends of the environment – editorial. (Bradenton Herald)
•  Beware of Hillary Clinton’s plans to shift Obama’s “war on coal” to natural gas and oil – editorial. (Wheeling News-Register)
• The free market may need a nudge from government policies to achieve prudent gains in energy efficiency and environmental protection. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Understanding the Pope’s message: we shouldn’t debate what we all can do to preserve God’s creation – column.  (Miami Herald)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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