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Virginia Democrats unveil bill to zero out carbon emissions by 2050

WIND: One of the nation’s largest utilities has a $2 billion plan to acquire three Oklahoma wind farms that would provide power to several Southeast states — but the future of the project is still up in the air. (E&E News)

ALSO: An east Texas wind farm that will supply power to Nike and an Austin utility begins operations. (Renewables Now) 

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EMISSIONS: After weeks of delay, Virginia Democrats unveil the details of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a plan to get Virginia to zero carbon by 2050. (Virginia Mercury)

SOLAR:
The West Virginia Senate’s energy committee took three minutes to pass a bill that would make it easier for companies to use solar energy, despite the coal industry lobbying against it. (WV Metro News)
A solar project in Fayetteville, Arkansas, now powers 66% of the city government’s operations. (Yale Climate Connections)

OIL & GAS: A Republican on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, is preparing a first-of-its-kind report on natural gas flaring. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: The CEO of Texas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners says he is “scared to death” of a fracking ban supported by Democratic presidential candidates. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper and contractor Westinghouse agree on how assets from the failed V.C. Summer nuclear plant project will be divided. (Charlotte Observer)

OVERSIGHT: Oklahoma state leaders hire a vendor to update the state’s energy assurance plan, which outlines how to secure energy for businesses and residents in times of disaster. (Oklahoman)

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COAL:
The U.S. government will provide more than $11 million for Kentucky to clean up abandoned coal mines as part of its reclamation grants. (WBKO)
West Virginia power plant employees and others say the state’s coal culture is evolving as the industry declines even further. (Christian Science Monitor)

COMMENTARY:
Three elected officials from Virginia vow to tackle climate change by pursuing more renewable energy policies like the Clean Economy Act. (Utility Dive)
North Carolina regulators need to find a compromise for who pays for Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup, an editorial board writes. (Charlotte Observer)

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