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Virginia will spend $14 million electrifying public bus fleets

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NUCLEAR: A Virginia county is at a crossroads as owners of the nation’s largest untapped uranium deposit challenge Virginia’s decades-long ban on mining it at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: South Carolina regulators prepare for hearings about electric rates for SCE&G customers after the failed nuclear plant construction. (Post and Courier)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state will spend $14 million of Volkswagen settlement money to help local transit authorities switch aging public bus fleets to electric vehicles. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: North Carolina’s climate plan could bring 25 GW or more of solar to the state, an analysis shows. (PV Magazine)

WIND: NOAA researchers create maps for eight offshore wind areas along the Atlantic Coast, including near Virginia and North Carolina. (Martha’s Vineyard Times)

COAL: A company that opened a coal and gas-fired manufacturing plant in West Virginia says it has had no environmental citations, but it did receive one in Mississippi two years ago. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

EMISSIONS: Texas regulators ask the Trump administration to delay implementation of its Clean Power Plan replacement until court challenges are resolved. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Louisiana judges weigh whether pipeline companies allowed to seize land under eminent domain are subject to the state’s open records laws if they don’t receive tax dollars. (The Advocate)

NATURAL GAS: Duke Energy brings the first portion of its new Florida natural gas power plant online. (Power Magazine)

UTILITIES: To stay competitive, Tennessee Valley Authority has to be more flexible by using more natural gas and alternative energy that allows customers to sell power back to the grid, a new report says. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

TRANSIT: Durham, North Carolina implements a plan to cut down on traffic and solo drivers in the city’s downtown. (CityLab)

COMMENTARY:
NOAA should listen to South Carolina community members and halt offshore drilling plans, say a former director of a state agency and a former NOAA employee. (Post and Courier)
After Hurricane Michael, Florida should invest in solar energy to make the state more resilient, says an Environmental Defense fund finance manager. (Green Biz)

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