ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy and Southern Co. are among companies signing on to a joint statement pledging to “drive the market transformation to electric vehicles.” (Washington Post)

• Advocates push Virginia’s governor to pull back on fossil fuels as time runs out on his term. (Southeast Energy News)
• Republican delegates from the Southeast are among those concerned about their party’s stance on climate change. (ClimateWire)

• A Kentucky rural co-op files an application for an 8.5 MW community solar array, which would be one of the largest in the state. (Glasgow Daily Times)
• With a major solar project under development at a nearby military base, officials in an Alabama county discuss expanding solar to public buildings and schools. (Dothan Eagle)

COAL: A report blames a lack of safety oversight in the recent death of a Kentucky coal miner. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

PIPELINES: Adding new pipeline capacity will prevent the U.S. from hitting emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report. (Reuters)

• Shell plans to cut jobs in its offshore drilling operations in the Gulf. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• Advocates say proposed new water rules would weaken standards on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (Florida Today)

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators could vote as early as October on Duke Energy’s proposed takeover of Piedmont Natural Gas. (Triad Business Journal)

• “The people who live near the ash impoundments have good reason to mistrust state regulators.” (Fayetteville Observer)
• A report finds solar is most under attack in states where the industry is thriving. (Environment America)

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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