• South Carolina’s state-owned utility approves a community solar program and increased rebates for solar panels. (Charleston Post and Courier)
• Utilities across the country are seeing opportunities in community solar. (Greentech Media)
• A Quality Inn in Harpers Ferry is being dubbed the first solar-powered hotel in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Officials in a Georgia county are touting the benefits of more solar development. (WALB)

• Researchers attempt to tally the impact of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. (The Atlantic)
• Coal interests in West Virginia continue to fight a new natural gas plant. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell sends a letter to governors urging them to stop work on the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

CLIMATE: The University of North Carolina backs away from a plan to be coal-free by 2020, instead setting a goal of being greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050. (Daily Tar Heel)

WIND: Inland wind farms may be coming soon to South Carolina. (Charleston Post and Courier)

NUCLEAR: An industry group wants more “efficient” rules for decommissioning power plants. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS: Environmental activists plan a rally at the Louisiana Superdome this week to protest offshore oil and gas leases. (Grist)

• A Georgia county reaches a settlement with a pipeline developer that includes a $5 million insurance policy. (Albany Herald)
• A Virginia judge sides with pipeline developers over granting survey crews access to private property. (News Virginian)

BIOENERGY: How Duke Energy’s biogas plan will help it meet North Carolina renewable energy requirements. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Despite low oil prices, an electric bus company with a production facility in South Carolina is still seeing strong demand for electric buses. (Triple Pundit)
• North Carolina state agencies are switching to smaller, more efficient vehicles. (WRAL)

• Are “hysterical and unfounded safety claims” holding back Florida on fracking? (Sun-Sentinel)
• South Carolina’s governor should “acknowledge the legitimate concerns” about offshore drilling. (Greensboro News and Record)
• Federal officials have taken “a significant step” on pipeline safety. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• How clean energy helped GM save $80 million. (Just Means)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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