COAL ASH: The judge in a closely-watched trial in Virginia appears reluctant to order Dominion Virginia Power to move 3 million of tons of ash due to the projected cost. (The Daily Progress)

• Elevated levels of a potentially hazardous metal are found near a Georgia landfill tied to the ash disposed there. (Athens Banner-Herald, Atlanta Constitution-Journal)
Kentucky is months away from complying with federal regulations that went into effect last year. (WKMS Public Radio)

Georgia Power agrees to add 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy by 2021. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• A Virginia environmental group looks to sustain momentum following a clean energy forum this month. (Fairfax Times)

• The CEO of a rural electric cooperative explains the genesis of Virginia’s first community solar project. (Southeast Energy News)
• An environmental group in Alabama hopes its new small solar array will inspire interest in the technology. (Alabama Media Group)

• A bill proposed in the North Carolina legislature would end electric utility monopolies. (WRAL)
• An internship program offers high school students a peek inside a Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina. (Hickory Record)

• Georgia Power begins geological and water studies across 7,000 acres in a Georgia county as part of an option on a new reactor there. (Albany Herald)
• A GE Hitachi research center in North Carolina sets a test to help lower the cost of next-generation reactors. (Energy Thoughts blog)

NATURAL GAS: A seventh company wants to build a terminal in southwest Louisiana for exporting liquefied natural gas. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Dominion Virginia Power plan to help ratepayers charge their EVs at night aims to serve as many as 60,000 vehicles by 2021. (WTVR)

• Miners reflect on the “brotherhood” forged by working for coal companies in Appalachia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• The United Mine Workers of America reach a tentative new labor agreement with Murray Energy and other companies. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

• An industry group draws scrutiny for its role in a state review of fracking regulations. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Fracking could be ending in Arkansas. (Arkansas Business)

EFFICIENCY: Richmond, Virginia earns recognition for its energy and sustainability initiatives. (WAVE)

PIPELINES: South Carolina residents remember the chaos and pollution spawned by the rupture of a large diesel oil pipeline 20 years ago today. (Greenville News)

• The new head of the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club argues state energy policy shouldn’t be controlled by Dominion Virginia Power. (The Virginian-Pilot)
Two solar advocates and a state senator make the case for lowering taxes on solar systems in Florida. (Crestview News Bulletin, Pensacola News Journal)
• The head of a trade group claims seismic testing for oil and gas drilling won’t harm fish. (Coastal Review Online)

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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