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Virginia strikes deal on Dominion coal ash cleanup

COAL ASH: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and a bipartisan group of legislators announce a deal that would force Dominion Energy to fully excavate four unlined coal ash ponds around the state. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• The plan has support from Dominion Energy, which for years argued that leaving the toxic waste in place was the best option. (Associated Press)
• Virginia’s move puts more pressure on the administration of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, environmental advocates say. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR: Entergy announces 250 new jobs at its Jackson, Mississippi nuclear center, which monitors power plants around the country. (Mississippi Today)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental activists and fishermen ask a federal judge to once again stop work on the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana. (E&E News, subscription)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline supporters in Nelson County, Virginia believe the project will bring growth and lower energy costs. (Daily Progress)
• The Trump administration is considering steps to limit states’ ability to block interstate gas pipeline and other energy projects. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• Virginia regulators approve solar projects for Dominion Energy that come with performance guarantees to protect consumers from underperformance. (CBS 19)
• A solar developer agrees to hold a second public meeting next week for a 62 megawatt project northeast of Charlottesville, Virginia. (Orange County Review)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A Virginia Senate committee rejects a bill to ban offshore oil drilling despite testimony from small business owners and environmentalists. (Capital News Service)
• U.S. House Democrats want answers from Interior on whether Florida is exempt from the department’s offshore drilling expansion plans. (E&E News, subscription)  

HYDROPOWER:
• North Carolina’s decadelong battle over a hydro dam on the Yadkin River is winding down after a federal appeals court declined the case. (Associated Press)
• Louisville Gas and Electric completes upgrades to its historic Ohio Falls Generating Station, improving output and reliability. (WFPL)

UTILITIES:
• A ballot measure petition to allow Florida customers to shop for electricity providers hits a threshold to be considered for the 2020 ballot. (Miami Herald)
• Two powerful Florida business groups said they oppose the energy choice ballot measure are are prepared to fight it. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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CLIMATE:
• A plan that aims to put San Antonio on a path to reducing greenhouse gases is being criticized as too weak and too expensive. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is among a crop of new governors who have already made major announcements related to climate change. (BuzzFeed News)

POLITICS: The Tampa Democrat who will chair a U.S. House climate committee faces demands from young progressives in her own party. (Tampa Bay Times)

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