CONGRESS: The House is set vote on a bill by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) that would allow states to defer compliance with the Clean Power Plan or opt out of it altogether. (E&E Daily)

• The Atlanta-based Weather Channel is launching a series designed to reach climate skeptics about the causes of global warming. (Associated Press)
• The White House asserts that failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100. (Associated Press)

•  Solar energy systems will cost less than $1 per watt fully installed by 2017 – CEO of First Solar. (Greentech Media)
REC Solar, a commercial solar installer majority-owned by Duke Energy, has expanded its operations by purchasing a California rival. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• Duke Energy calls for collaboration as GOP fights to freeze the state’s clean energy incentives. (Utility Dive)
North Carolina and other Southeast states are national leaders in bio-based product sales. (Triad Business Journal)

BIOFUELS: State applications for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s $100 million Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership grants are due July 15. (Southeast Green blog)

FRACKING: How power plants are being sited atop shale natural gas formations in the Eastern U.S. (Western Kentucky University Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: The Georgia PSC holds its latest assessment today of costs to build the two reactors at Plant Vogtle. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

KENTUCKY: A former state representative charged with bribing an inspector to ignore violations at coal mines the lawmaker owned goes on trial this week. (Western Kentucky University Public Radio)

• The proposed solar power amendment to the Florida Constitution deserves to be on the 2016 ballot – editorial. (Palm Beach Post)
Amazon, not Dominion, is leading the way for utility-scale solar in Virginia – opinion. (Power for the People VA blog)
Virginia needs to catch up with its East Coast neighbors in developing a solar energy industry and markeet – opinion. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Climate-science denying investors could be big stock losers – opinion. (MarketWatch)

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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