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Charlotte, North Carolina, will power city operations with solar

SOLAR: Charlotte, North Carolina’s city council approves a plan to buy power from a nearby 35 MW solar project that will supply about a quarter of its municipal electricity, making it the most populous U.S. city to get renewable energy through a utility “green tariff.” (Smart Cities Dive, Charlotte Observer)

ALSO:
State regulators will soon decide on a Florida Power & Light plan to add 20 solar energy plants; the agency’s staff recommended rejecting the proposal because of its impacts on customers. (Gainesville Sun)
Tire producer Bridgestone files a legal complaint against Dominion Energy, alleging it delayed a 2 MW solar project at its South Carolina factory. (Post and Courier)
King William County officials unanimously approve a permit for another solar farm in the area that would produce 77 MW of energy. (Daily Press)

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STORAGE: Virginia regulators approve four battery storage pilot projects at Dominion Energy substations to test the viability of using more battery storage on its grid. (Virginia Mercury)

WIND: A NextEra Energy manager says Oklahoma is the company’s most important state because of its wind energy investments there. (Enid News & Eagle)

EFFICIENCY: A western Kentucky elementary school is the most energy efficient in the state and second-most efficient in the nation, according to an engineering firm. (WNKY)

OIL & GAS: The West Virginia House of Delegates passes two bills that would provide tax cuts to the natural gas industry in order to boost petrochemical and plastics manufacturing. (WVPB)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says he is confident the Trump administration will ban oil and gas drilling off the coast of Florida, despite its push to expand drilling. (Reuters)

COAL:
The West Virginia Senate unanimously passes a bill that would provide a tax break for struggling coal-fired power plants. (WV Metro News)
A western Kentucky county is offering assistance to coal miners being laid off since a mine is closing this week. (WKU Public Radio)

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COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental regulators will hold public hearings this week about Duke Energy’s plans for excavating coal ash at two coal-fired power plants. (The Herald, Statesville Record & Landmark)

COMMENTARY:
Southeast utilities are proposing rate increases more frequently and passing maintenance costs to ratepayers, an advocacy group writes. (Appalachian Voices)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is blocking solar growth, which caused Tennessee to lose solar jobs in 2019, a clean energy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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