SOLAR: South Carolina’s state-owned utility approves new charges for solar customers. (The State)

• Why the industry thinks a solar boom is coming to Georgia. (Creative Loafing Atlanta)
• A proposed 50 MW solar farm in Mississippi is a step closer to reality. (Hattiesburg American)
• Advocates say Mississippi’s recent net metering decision is “historic.” (Mississippi Public Broadcasting)
• Energy savings from a solar array could help expand services at an Alabama veterans hospital. (Tuscaloosa News)
• A retired Florida surgeon wants to donate his family’s land for a 20-40 MW solar array. (Leesburg Daily Commercial)
• Florida State University researchers are working to make solar cells more efficient. (Solar Daily)

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EFFICIENCY: Florida regulators deny a request from large power users to be exempted from utility energy efficiency fees. (Palm Beach Post)

CLIMATE: A North Carolina executive at the Paris climate talks says her state is missing out on clean energy opportunities. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ALSO: How Google and other major companies are moving to 100% renewable energy. (Fast Company)

WIND: A West Virginia utility plans to add 150 MW of wind power to its portfolio. (Associated Press)

• Kentucky’s newly elected governor appoints a former coal executive to head up the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Advocates deliver petitions calling for the shutdown of a Florida coal plant. (Lakeland Ledger)
• Decades of unregulated mining waste is still impacting Virginia waterways. (WCYB)
• “Toys for Miners” is collecting toy and food donations for laid off Alabama coal miners. (Birmingham News)

• Environmentalists fight a Virginia utility’s plan to dump water from coal ash ponds into the James River. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A North Carolina judge questions permits issued for Duke Energy coal ash dumps. (WRAL)

• Federal regulators seek an alternative route for a proposed pipeline through the Monongahela National Forest. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Two new natural gas export facilities are proposed near New Orleans. (Associated Press)
• A former West Virginia steel plant is converted into a pipe inspection facility for the gas industry. (Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

BIOENERGY: A Louisiana plant will convert sugar cane waste into biomass pellets that can be substituted for coal. (Business Report)

TECHNOLOGY: Philips is closing another North Carolina plant in response to a more competitive light bulb market. (Triangle Business Journal)

• South Carolina’s state-owned utility should be leading on clean energy. (The State)
• The Don Blankenship trial “clearly showed the need for tougher government regulation and inspection of Big Coal.” (New York Times)

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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