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Texas, Florida solar poised for even more growth in next decade

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EFFICIENCY: A Virginia man’s dollhouse-size model homes have been used by building science professionals across the country to help teach weatherization concepts. (Energy News Network) 

ACTIVISM: In a sobering speech about climate change, actress and activist Jane Fonda says she draws inspiration from young activists such as Greta Thunberg. (Energy News Network) 

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SOLAR:
• Solar markets in Florida and Texas have risen up the ranks in the last decade, surpassing legacy markets in the Northeast, according to a report from a solar energy group. (Greentech Media)
• The CEO of Florida Power & Light says he “will be disappointed” if the utility doesn’t exceed its goal of adding 30 million solar panels in the next decade. (Palm Beach Post)
• Florida added a quarter of the country’s new solar capacity in 2018, according to a new report from Berkeley Lab. (Solar Power World)
• A solar cooperative begins to install its first solar panels for members in two Florida counties. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Kentucky regulators outline a plan for approving reimbursement rates for solar customers who sell excess electricity back into the grid as a controversial rule is set to go into effect in the new year. (WUKY)
• A Virginia nonprofit and law firm give free legal advice to homeowners who want rooftop solar but get resistance from homeowner associations. (WWBT)
• Georgia regulators approve net metering for 5,000 solar installations, or 32 MW of residential solar power. (PV Magazine)

WIND: A wind energy company asks Botetourt County, Virginia, officials to remove a height cap on turbines so they can build fewer, taller turbines. (WFXR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Georgia Republican utility regulator is pushing his party to adopt initiatives that promote electric vehicles. (Electrek)

OIL & GAS: Petrochemical companies are expanding along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, and building a new plastics hub in Appalachia. (Yale 360)

PIPELINES: Texas regulators approve rules for rural oil and gas gathering pipelines after making changes for petroleum industry groups. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: For the first time since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP plans to ship a major offshore oil drilling platform to the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: Georgia regulators approve Georgia Power’s rate increase of $1.77 billion over the next three years. (News Channel 9)

COMMENTARY:
• Andy Beshear won the Kentucky governor’s race without false promises to bring back coal, showing that the state is ready to find a new post-coal economy, write several state representatives. (Courier Journal)
• There are many ways to work towards being carbon neutral during the holiday season in Florida, says a climate activist. (Herald Tribune)

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