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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SOLAR:
• 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)

COAL:
• 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)

VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL:
• 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)

Ken Paulman

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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