SOLAR: Backers of a solar choice amendment in Florida are being dramatically outspent by utilities pushing a competing measure. (WUSF)

• A Florida company plans to use PACE financing for solar leases. (Sun Sentinel)
• Nonprofits may not be able to take advantage of Georgia’s new solar financing law. (Augusta Chronicle)
• Why Mississippi is about to see a dramatic turnaround in its solar industry. (CleanTechnica)
• A program will offer free solar assessments and bulk purchasing options for northern Virginia residents. (Washington Post)
• About 12,000 Louisiana taxpayers who tried to take advantage of solar tax credits are still waiting for their returns to be processed. (Fox 8)

COAL ASH: A final report on Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities doesn’t find additional contamination, but advocate note there is still a risk. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• West Virginia regulators are concerned Patriot Coal bankruptcy plans won’t provide enough funding for mine cleanup. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Could farming provide a way out for struggling Appalachian coal workers? (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

CLIMATE: New science standards will require Alabama schools to teach students about climate change. (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Senators from Kentucky and West Virginia continue to pursue legislative delays to EPA carbon limits. (The Hill)

OIL AND GAS: A U.S. House committee is expecting pushback from the industry as it meets in New Orleans this week to discuss safety rules. (Houma Courier)

PIPELINES: Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline are offering money to Georgia landowners to access their property for surveying. (Savannah Morning News)

GASOLINE: Alabama lawmakers advance a 5-cent gasoline tax increase. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A Philips plant in Mississippi is “leading by example” by installing its own LED bulbs, and is saving about $10,000 a month in the process. (Tupelo Daily Journal)

BIOMASS: An Alabama company plans to build two wood-burning power plants in Georgia, totaling 140 MW of capacity. (Athens Banner-Herald)

COMMENTARY: Why solar is a win-win for North Carolina farmers. (Fayetteville Observer)

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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