• At an event in Washington, D.C., conservatives from the Southeast find growing support for clean energy: “this is now a family value.” (Southeast Energy News)
• Protesters pressure Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe outside a clean energy event in Roanoke. (Roanoke Times)

• Coastal North Carolina residents who oppose drilling are open to offshore wind, as long as it remains out of sight. (Southeast Energy News)
• How oil industry technology is helping to facilitate offshore wind. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: West Virginia’s attorney general previews the arguments he will use next week in his case against the Clean Power Plan. (West Virginia Record)

COAL ASH: Virginia officials approve a permit allowing Dominion Virginia Power to drain water from a coal ash impoundment and discharge it into the James River. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OVERSIGHT: A Louisiana Supreme Court justice received campaign contributions from an oil company prior to changing his position on a fracking case. (Fox 8)

• Louisiana residents seeking to appeal the state’s cap on solar tax credits are being charged a $300 fee. (WWL)
• Duke Energy says it has issued $5 million in solar rebates in South Carolina over the past year. (Palmetto Business Daily)
• A North Carolina entrepreneur wants to use “solar trees” to make the technology more visible in neighborhoods. (Triangle Business Journal)
• An Alabama county finalizes an agreement for a 72 MW solar farm; Walmart will purchase a majority of the project’s output. (Lafayette Sun)
• A Florida county delays a decision on siting issues for a proposed 74 MW project. (WUFT)
• Officials in a Virginia county anticipate a new solar project will save them more than $500,000 per year on energy costs. (Carroll County Times)

NUCLEAR: Developers of a new South Carolina reactor say refinancing will help cut cost overruns for the project. (Associated Press)

• West Virginia’s governor awards $1 million to help laid-off miners in three counties. (Associated Press)
• Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates are divided over a bill to provide support for union miners. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups file a lawsuit challenging FERC approval of a natural gas pipeline project. (Sierra Club news release)

• The Kemper “clean coal” plant is an “undue hardship” for Mississippi ratepayers. (Hattiesburg American)
• An Alabama official says biomass harvesting can enhance the health of the state’s forests. (AL.com)
• Florida utilities were “shrewd” and “devious” in crafting the solar amendment going before voters this fall. (Florida Today)

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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