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Tennessee airport will soon run on 100 percent solar

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POLITICS:
Democrats’ gains in North Carolina improve the prospects for clean energy legislation, but few expect state lawmakers to tackle thornier issues like coal ash or climate change. (Energy News Network)
• The U.S. Senate votes to advance Trump’s controversial FERC nominee despite West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote against him. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee airport will soon be the first airfield in the U.S. to run on 100 percent solar power. (Bloomberg)
• Silicon Ranch and Strata Solar will develop 200 MW of solar for a utility that will supply power to Facebook’s data center in Georgia. (Solar Industry)
• Developers complete the largest commercial rooftop solar project in Alabama on a steel fabrication plant. (Randolph Leader)
• DeBary, Florida officials hold a public meeting about a new Duke Energy solar project. (Fox 35)
• A Texas energy company adjusts its solar rebate program to a flat rate instead of per-watt. (Rivard Report)
• A solar farm information and welcome center off Interstate 40 opens in Haywood County, Tennessee. (WBBJ)

STORAGE: A team of North Carolina researchers outline energy storage options the state can use to inform energy policy. (WRAL)

PIPELINES: Nelson County, Virginia officials deny four variance requests for floodplain areas needed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

COAL:
• The Trump administration is expected to rollback Obama-era regulations that require new coal plants to capture their carbon emissions. (Reuters)
• The Trump administration has attempted to revive the dying coal industry, but many analysts say it’s not possible. (CNN)

COAL ASH: Chesterfield County, Virginia residents at a town hall with Duke Energy voice concerns about coal ash stored underground. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant construction continues, with 7,000 workers on the project, but state regulators question whether it can be finished on time. (Augusta Chronicle; E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas considers restrictions on wastewater disposal from oil drilling because of earthquakes rattling the state. (Bloomberg)
• The Coast Guard doubts an oil company’s explanation for a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. (Times Picayune)

UTILITIES: Jacksonville, Florida’s city-owned utility JEA is worth $7.5 billion, according to a new study. (News 4 Jax)

COMMENTARY: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam should reinstate the two air pollution control board members who expressed skepticism about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an environmental hydrologist says. (Roanoke Times)

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