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Solar faces test in the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence

SOLAR: Hurricane Florence will test the Carolinas’ solar farms with winds over 100 miles per hour and torrential rains. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• The U.S. solar market showed signs of a turnaround in the second quarter, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• A group-buying program in Minnesota is helping state agencies and local governments lower the cost of solar projects. (Energy News Network)

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COAL ASH: Dozens of toxic coal ash sites in the Southeast are in the path of projected torrential rains and flash flooding from Hurricane Florence. (InsideClimate News)

COAL:
• Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt is reportedly in talks to become a consultant for a Kentucky coal mining executive. (New York Times)
• Interviews with U.S. utility officials suggest the Trump administration’s plan to save coal plants is unlikely to gain traction where investments in natural gas or clean energy is underway. (S&P Global)

PIPELINES:
• A conservative, rural North Carolina town passes a resolution opposing an expansion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which could signal trouble for the project. (Energy News Network)
The Iowa Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the use of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Louisiana landowners sue Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers over their use of eminent domain to seize private land. (The Advocate)

OIL & GAS:
• One Texas county is home to 2,300 active oil and gas wells exposing local residents and people at an immigrant detention center to pollutants. (Quartz)
• More oil and gas companies are starting to confront the reality of climate change, but that hasn’t slowed drilling in Alaska yet. (Alaska Public Media)

BUILDINGS:
• Cities seeking to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2030 will need training — not new technology — to meet the goal. (CityLab)
• Aspen, Colorado considers increasing energy fees on large homes to encourage conservation and subsidize improvements for smaller homes. (Aspen Times)

UTILITIES:
• As a Michigan utility prepares to build a new $1 billion natural gas power plant, several questions remain for the project. (Energy News Network)
• Southeastern utilities prepare for multistate power outages from Hurricane Florence that could exceed damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017. (E&E News)

POLICY: With a vote scheduled for today, local officials are pushing for New Hampshire’s legislature to overturn a veto of two energy bills that would have supported solar and biomass in the state. (Fosters.com, NHPR)

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POLITICS: A Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate pushes clean energy and a ban on fracking as part of his agenda. (Orlando Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• The chief executive of State Farm insurance says a carbon tax is critical for reducing risks of exposure to extreme weather. (New York Times)
• One motivation unites Americans on clean energy — and that’s pure economics, a climate activist and solar industry official write. (Washington Post)

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