PIPELINES: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy expected scrutiny for accepting a $19.5 million gift from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s developer, but it believes time will eventually show it was the right decision. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline’s developer tells federal regulators that it has secured another permit as it waits to resume construction. (Roanoke Times)
• South Carolina residents fight to protect property from a proposed pipeline that some suspect is meant to supply a future power plant. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE:
• Exxon Mobil intends to significantly increase carbon emissions at a time when its rivals are committing to curb oil and zero-out emissions. (Bloomberg)
• The world’s largest renewable developer, Florida’s NextEra Energy, surpasses Exxon Mobil in stock market value. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Charlottesville group urges local officials to add rooftop solar requirements for county-owned buildings to a climate action plan. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)

SOLAR:
A local permit expires before construction begins for a rural Virginia solar project still waiting on other regulatory approvals. (Star-Exponent)
• Asheville, North Carolina, completes a solar installation on a regional transit center — the first of seven projects planned for city facilities. (WLOS)
• A northern Virginia county unanimously approves a large solar facility despite concerns raised by neighbors last week. (Northern Virginia Daily)
• A North Carolina county board will consider extending its solar farm moratorium at an in-person public hearing tonight. (Salisbury Post)
• Solar United Neighbors launches solar buying co-ops in Southeast West Virginia and in the Florida Keys. (Fayette Tribune, Keys Weekly)

WIND: A Louisiana shipbuilding company will build and operate a ship to help run and maintain offshore wind farms in the Northeast U.S. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The decommissioning of Duke Energy’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant in Florida could create hundreds of jobs in the next several years. (Citrus County Chronicle)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy will lay off 350 union employees at an Alabama coal mine as it halts operations for six months due to weakening demand. (Associated Press)
• “I wish I could say that I was, but I’m not terribly surprised.” Juliette residents react to Georgia Power’s legal response to their coal ash lawsuit. (WGXA)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Florida Power & Light unveils electric vehicle charging stations in Palm Beach County and at the Brevard Zoo. (WPTV, Space Coast Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline is not a done deal yet and there’s still time to stop the “dangerous boondoggle,” an environmental advocate writes. (Front Porch Blog)
• If the world truly wants to mitigate climate change, the oil and gas industry must take the lead, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)

Dan Haugen

Dan Haugen

Dan has two decades' experience working in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to joining the Energy News Network as managing editor in December 2017, he oversaw watchdog reporting at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, part of the USA Today Network, and before that spent several years as a freelance journalist covering energy, business and technology. Dan is a former Midwest Energy News journalism fellow and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.