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Virginia approves green tariff for Appalachian Power

RENEWABLES: Virginia regulators approve a plan that allows Appalachian Power customers to pay extra to get electricity from renewable sources, but it blocks competitors from selling renewables. (Virginia Mercury)

ALSO: Appalachian Power projects that wind and solar will make up 25 percent of its energy generation by 2031. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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SOLAR:
• A bipartisan group of South Carolina lawmakers and solar energy advocates is renewing a push to ease restrictions on rooftop solar customers. (The State)
• A South Carolina solar developer adds seven new solar facilities in Spartanburg County to its portfolio. (ABC News 4)

BIOMASS: Wood pellet maker Enviva moves ahead with plans for a $140 million pellet mill and a $60 million ship-loading terminal on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators will hold a hearing to consider Dominion Energy’s request for a rate adjustment to cover costs of complying with state and federal environmental regulations. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental activists and residents urge state regulators to require Duke Energy to dig up coal ash and store it in a lined landfill. (Greensboro News & Record)

OIL & GAS:
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moves to ban fracking in the state and wants environmental regulators to stop offshore drilling off the coast. (WMNF)
• A bipartisan group of Florida representatives push to permanently extend a federal moratorium on offshore drilling that will end in 2022. (WUSF)
• Oil and gas revenue in Texas increased by 20 percent from this time last year, according to the Texas Comptroller. (KFDA)

COMMENTARY:
• West Virginia needs to prepare for further decline of the coal industry, an editorial board says. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• With energy consumption expected to grow nationally, West Virginia should be a leader in renewable energy, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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