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Virginia poll finds strong support for clean energy among conservatives

POLITICS: A poll conducted by a new Virginia group – Conservatives for Clean Energy – finds broad support among Republicans for wind and solar power. (NBC 29)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Southeast fares poorly on a report ranking states on policies helping corporations access clean energy, with Virginia ranking highest at 20th and other states at 30th or lower. (Greentech Media)

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• Dominion Virginia Power completes 56 MW of new solar projects. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Duke Energy plans to build an 8.8 MW solar farm in Florida. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Fayetteville, North Carolina considers a community solar project. (Fayetteville Observer)
• A North Carolina county passes a temporary moratorium on solar projects amid pushback over a large array being built on farmland. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A Florida town plans two new solar farms. (Orange Observer)

• A bill in Kentucky would provide tax breaks for burning coal produced in-state. (Platts)
• In his farewell address, outgoing West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the coal industry “likely won’t ever return to the levels that we once saw.” (Associated Press)

• Volkswagen agrees to pay $4.3 billion in fines over its use of software to evade emissions rules. (Reuters)
• Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says VW’s expansion plans in the state are still on track despite the settlement. (Associated Press)
• Part of the VW settlement will help pay for engine upgrades in Louisiana school buses. (The Advocate)

NUCLEAR: Increasing concern about climate change is helping revive support for nuclear power. (PRI)

GRID: Dominion predicts blackouts for the Virginia Peninsula if a new transmission line is not built. (RTO Insider)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: A Virginia lawmaker seeks repeal of a rate freeze that was imposed in response to the Clean Power Plan. (Lynchburg News Advance)

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UTILITIES: A Mississippi nonprofit wants to push more people to enter the energy workforce. (Mississippi Today)

COMMENTARY: Scholars examine the rhetorical devices used by industry to push the “war on coal” narrative. (Salon / The Conversation)

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