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TVA closes last coal unit at Kentucky power plant

COAL: The Tennessee Valley Authority shuts down the last operating unit at its coal-fired power plant in western Kentucky as part of the utility’s move to buy cheaper power from other sources. (WKMS)

ALSO: The closure of a western North Carolina coal plant fuels a debate over the benefits and costs of transitioning power plants to natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

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UTILITIES: The head of Southern Company went from staunchly defending coal to promoting cheaper sources of energy, and is now pursuing a “low-to-no” carbon future. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Consumer advocates and critics worry Dominion Energy’s offshore wind plan in Virginia will be expensive for ratepayers and the company will edge out competition. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is fine tuning regulations for solar panel leases and sales after gathering consumer complaints. (WCIV) 

EFFICIENCY: A Florida homebuilder works to create affordable houses that are energy efficient and powered by solar and battery storage. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

GEOTHERMAL: Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists are developing experimental geothermal batteries to heat homes. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

GRID: More than 15,000 Florida customers lose power after an explosion at a Duke Energy substation. (WTSP)

COAL ASH: A Duke University researcher will give a talk this week on threats to North Carolina’s drinking water from coal ash and other pollution. (News-Times)

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OIL & GAS: Low U.S. gas prices are spurring foreign companies to consider developing new LNG export projects in Texas and Louisiana. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
An upcoming event will focus on how West Virginia can transition from coal in an equitable way, a climate advocate writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
West Virginia needs to pursue renewable energy, especially solar, to fill gaps in its economy left by coal and natural gas, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Black and indigenous communities face the bulk of the environmental burden from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Rev. Dr. William Barber writes. (NBC News)
Virginia can become a national leader on climate policy with the Virginia Clean Economy Act, an editorial board says. (Washington Post)

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