OFFSHORE DRILLING: A coastal business group explains how it plans to fight efforts to expand offshore drilling. (Southeast Energy News)

• Mayors and activists along the Carolina coast warn of the dangers offshore drilling could pose to the area’s tourism economy. (The State)
• A North Carolina industry group says drilling can “safely coexist” with tourism. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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• Southern Co. says it needs $3.7 billion from Toshiba to complete the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Wall Street Journal/Utility Dive)
• The newly completed Watts Bar 2 reactor in Tennessee will remain shut down until at least this summer for repairs. (RTO Insider)

• Florida’s senate unanimously approves a bill implementing voter-approved tax breaks for solar. (SaintPetersBlog)
• A South Carolina university expects its new solar array to save around $75,000 per year on energy costs. (Associated Press)

• Coal jobs continued to decline in Kentucky in the first quarter of the year, but industry backers still say there is reason for optimism. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Experts say states shouldn’t rely on the federal government for mining inspections. (Bloomberg BNA)

PIPELINES: Virginia’s lieutenant governor avoids taking a firm position on proposed pipelines in a gubernatorial debate. (Roanoke Times)

EFFICIENCY: Kimberly-Clark plans a $75 million combined heat and power system at an Alabama paper mill. (

• Activists protest Duke Energy’s first online only shareholder meeting. (Charlotte Post)
• Mississippi regulators encourage utilities to contract with in-state companies. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: The mayor of Columbia, South Carolina discusses his city’s push for 100% clean energy. (CityLab)

ACTIVISM: In the South and elsewhere, the environmental movement is becoming more diverse. (Vox)

• Resource plans filed by Virginia utilities are another reminder that coal isn’t coming back. (Roanoke Times)
• Investment in the Kemper “clean coal” plant might be worth it if natural gas prices spike again. (Forbes)
• An Alabama legislator says keeping regulation “closest to home” is the best way to ensure energy industry growth. (Gadsden 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.