SOLAR: North Carolina’s top environmental official backs tougher restrictions on solar power. (WRAL)

• The developer of what he expects will be North Carolina’s largest solar array explains how the project came to fruition. (Charlotte Observer)
• A Charlotte developer is planning a 70 MW solar farm in South Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Augusta, Georgia is evaluating locations for up to 3 MW of solar panels. (WAGT)
• Savannah, Georgia may be emerging as a solar leader. (Savannah Tribune)
• Officials in a North Carolina town will vote next week on a proposed solar project. (Goldsboro News-Argus)
• A West Virginia solar cooperative continues to grow. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Clean Power Plan opponents’ appeal to the Supreme Court to delay implementation is seen as a legal longshot. (Greenwire)
• Governors from Alabama and North Carolina are among those railing against the plan. (Birmingham Business Journal, Charlotte Observer)
• Virginia’s House approves a bill requiring legislative approval of Clean Power Plan compliance. (Richmond Times Dispatch)

• Actors Kate Walsh, Ted Danson and Sam Waterston join a summit in Washington D.C. to oppose offshore drilling in the Atlantic. (McClatchy)
• Activists in March will encircle the Superdome in New Orleans to protest an auction of oil and gas leases in the Gulf. (Institute for Southern Studies)
• A North Carolina town adopts a resolution opposing seismic testing offshore. (Coastal Review Online)

FRACKING: The Florida House approves a bill prohibiting local bans on drilling while enacting new oversight. (SaintPetersBlog)

• Analysts say coal bankruptcies are unlikely to resolve the nation’s supply glut. (Bloomberg)
• At an industry gathering, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray says taxes should be raised on tobacco, alcohol and natural gas to fund tax breaks for the coal industry. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Nearly two years after the Dan River spill, North Carolina lawmakers have yet to come up with a solution for storing the state’s coal ash. (Daily Tar Heel)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to permanently close a Memphis-area coal ash pond. (Memphis Flyer)
• Duke Energy beings shipping coal ash by rail, instead of by truck, from a North Carolina power plant site. (WSOC)
• Feb. 3 will be the last day for residents of a Georgia county to comment on a proposed rail yard for coal ash shipping. (Florida Times-Union)

• A new study says transmission upgrades will be needed for widespread adoption of renewable energy in the U.S. (Science)
• Developers of a wind-energy transmission line announce a 50 MW purchase agreement with the city of Tallahassee. (North American Wind Power)

• A new survey finds key differences between utilities and their customers on the growth of distributed generation. (Utility Dive)
• After years of enjoying a cost advantage, West Virginia is now paying about the same for utilities as other neighboring states. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Kentucky’s governor proposes a nearly 10 percent cut for the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• Tennessee’s state Senate approves a bill to eliminate emissions testing for new cars. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: Students at an Alabama high school are building an electric car. (Cleburne News)

COMMENTARY: Why a national movement is opposing offshore drilling on the East Coast. (The Hill)

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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