COAL ASH: South Carolina lawmakers move to limit the disposal of coal ash from other states to properly equipped landfills. (Greenville News)

POLITICS: North Carolina’s Jay Faison launches a super PAC to boost Republican candidates willing to embrace the economic benefits of clean energy. (The Wall Street Journal)

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Georgia regulators sign off on $148 million in costs for the two reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle; total tab now at $14.5 billion. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Jay Faison fine-tunes his pitch for nuclear energy at a North Carolina clean tech summit. (The Energy Fix)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Virginia lawmakers advance bills that would mandate legislative approval of implementation of the plan. (WVIR-TV)

BIOENERGY: The outgoing Secretary of Agriculture says he’s hopeful the next administration will lend the ethanol industry financial and technical support. (Progressive Farmer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan says it will pay for three charging stations at a football stadium named after it in Nashville, Tennessee. (WSMV-TV)

• Leaders of the North Carolina region that includes the military base at Fort Bragg come to grips with the growing local impacts of climate change. (Fayetteville Observer)
• Former South Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis makes his climate solutions pitch to students at Duke University. (Duke Chronicle)

SOLAR: A Virginia “pioneer” explains his passion for, and the economics about, the solar system he purchased. (The Roanoke Times)

EFFICIENCY: A student center at a community college in Virginia is the state’s first public building using new standards for conserving energy. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: The EPA finds a Louisiana coal-fired power plant owned by Cleco Corp. emitting too much sulfur dioxide to meet new federal standards. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Federal regulators are expected to announce as early as March 14 whether to propose lease sales off the Atlantic coast. (The Post and Courier)

COAL: Despite coal’s shortcomings, West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says the nation still benefits from preserving it in utilities’ generation portfolios. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

• The federal government schedules sales of leases next month opening up 45 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling. (Miami Herald)
• The West Virginia Senate advances two bills to ease drilling restrictions potentially at the expense of landowners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Louisiana court upholds the state’s move to allow a suit against oil, gas and pipeline companies for wetlands damage. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

2010 GULF OIL SPILL:  The supervisor of the drilling rig who pleaded guilty to a pollution charge says a colleague fighting the same charge never supplied critical information that could have avoided the explosion. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Piedmont Natural Gas is to sell its remaining stake in an energy services company to Georgia Natural Gas, subject to its own sale to Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Duke Energy’s $2.8 billion in 2015 profits could clean up a lot of North Carolina’s coal ash. (The Progressive Pulse)
• Editorials in North Carolina and Virginia favor the process for siting Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Fayetteville Observer / Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Despite its Republican presidential primary tomorrow, drilling off South Carolina’s coast is drawing scant attention. (The Institute for Southern Studies)

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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