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Solar ‘doomsday’ in South Carolina as regulators lower rate utilities pay

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SOLAR: South Carolina regulators vote to let utilities pay the lowest rate in the country for solar power, which solar companies say will make it impossible to finance large projects in the state. (The State)

ALSO:
• A rural electric cooperative in Georgia contracts for a new solar project that will supply energy for a Facebook data center. (Solar Power World)
• A University of North Carolina researcher is working to make a cheaper, more efficient solar cell. (WRAL)
• A Gainesville, Florida, utility looks to add solar to the grid as part of the city’s 100% renewable energy goals. (WUFT)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Senate committee passes a bill that would give Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states a bigger cut of offshore oil and gas revenues to use for coastal restoration. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES: North Carolina Republican legislators will soon reveal what private investigators found out about an agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s office and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Associated Press)

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COAL: Murray Energy’s bankruptcy is likely to significantly increase the debt of the trust fund that covers healthcare expenses for miners dying from black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)

OIL & GAS:
• A West Virginia environmental regulator tells a legislative committee focused on natural gas that the agency will continue to promote the state’s “petrochemical renaissance.” (WV News)
• Houston’s economic growth might not be as strong as reported and will likely slow as the petrochemical expansion winds down, according to a university study. (Houston Chronicle)

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