Utilities pouring money into Florida solar campaign

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)

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