COAL ASH: Tennessee regulators launched an investigation and assessment of how the TVA is remediating coal ash disposal sites across the state. (The Chattanoogan)

• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wants Georgia regulators to trim back Georgia Power’s legally permitted profits on money shareholders invest in building two reactors at Plant Vogtle. (Associated Press)
• Will history repeat itself as nuclear reactors under construction in Georgia escalate in price? (Green World)

The U.S. Agriculture Dept. is providing nearly $50 million in loans and grants to 13 solar power investments by farms in North Carolina. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• As one of the country’s fastest-growing industries, growth in solar energy has largely bypassed Virginia in favor of neighboring states, most notably North Carolina. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Aldi is the second national retailer committing to rooftop solar in North Carolina, proposing to spend almost $3.8 million to install projects on 10 locations by year’s end. (Charlotte Business Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Coastal South Carolina mayors are rallying against a federal bill that would permit drilling off the state’s coast. (Moultrie News)

WIND: Questions persist over how wind energy can grow without the federal Production Tax Credit. (EnergyWire)

Legal actions against the plan’s carbon limits will rest on whether the EPA’s actions fall in line with the Clean Air Act and the Constitution. (The Hill)
• A shift toward lower-carbon energy could accelerate in Georgia with the state’s emissions targets in the Clean Power Plan. (The Macon Telegraph)

• Dozens of senators are asking the Obama administration to double the public comment period for a new mountaintop removal mining regulation. (The Hill)
• Concerns are mounting among labor unions, citizens groups and regulators that financially troubled coal producers could abandon obligations to current and former employees. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The coal industry is pushing hard to convince Americans that mining jobs are the bedrock of the country’s economy. (Climate Progress)
• The asset value of Alabama-based Walter Energy plummeted during the second calendar quarter as it slipped towards its bankruptcy filing. (The Wall Street Journal)

UTILITIES: Entergy plans to shut down a 1,700 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Arkansas ahead of schedule to comply with regional haze regulations under the Clean Air Act. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

OIL & GAS:  Property owners of a West Virginia injection well site are terminating their lease agreement with the site operator and have asking state regulators to withdraw its permit application. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

SUSTAINABILITY: The town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, soon will have a baseline to measure its progress in becoming a greener community. (The Island Packet)

• Dueling proposed amendments on solar power in Florida reflect why the state Constitution is the wrong place to resolve policy issues best addressed by the Legislature. (Tampa Bay Times)
• An asthma sufferer in Atlanta celebrates the Clean Power Plan to reduce harmful emissions in Georgia. (Creative Loafing blog)
• The president of a Hispanic/libertarian organization urges Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ignore the Clean Power Plan’s emissions targets for the state. (The Florida Times-Union)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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