• Industry leaders in West Virginia discuss how natural gas can become an economic driver. (WDTV)
• A manufacturer’s group meeting in West Virginia spotlights the benefits of boosting supplies of low-cost natural gas. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Why natural gas might not be the “bridge fuel” its backers claim it will be. (WUNC Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Protestors try to interrupt a sale of Gulf leases at the Superdome in New Orleans. (InsideClimate News)

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Proposals for wind farms are growing in parts of the Southeast U.S. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Wind energy has potential off of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. (Outer Banks Sentinel)

CLIMATE: New research suggests vulnerable coastal areas can adapt naturally to rising sea levels. (Climate Central)

• A Virginia county weighs regulations on commercial solar farms. (Danville Register-Bee)
• The stage is set for construction to begin on the first of four solar systems at Army bases in Alabama. (Southeast Sun Enterprise)
• A church in Ashland, Virginia prepares to activate its rooftop solar system. (Herald Progress)

POLICY: How government policy affects energy choices in North Carolina. (Outer Banks Sentinel)

EFFICIENCY: An eco-focused, home-building non-profit in Virginia re-brands itself for a national expansion. (Richmond Biz Sense)

• Well owners living near Duke Energy’s coal ash pits in North Carolina press to know why they aren’t protected by a higher water safety standard. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Residents near Duke Energy’s 2014 massive coal ash spill near Eden, North Carolina express distrust about its disposal plans. (Greensboro News & Record)

VW: Hillsborough, Florida opts to join a federal class action lawsuit over how the company cheated emissions tests. (The Tampa Tribune)

• A new bill in Congress would boost efforts to create jobs in eastern Kentucky hard hit by coal’s decline. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Federal lawmakers clash over the Obama administration’s proposed update to a rule designed to protect streams from coal mining. (The Hill)

• Dominion touts progress on multiple fronts towards beginning natural gas service by 2018 with the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Daily Press)
• A company agrees to pay a fine without admitting guilt for a natural gas leak into a tributary of the Ohio River in West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR: Two environmental groups seek to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia’s ban on uranium mining. (Associated Press)

Norfolk, Virginia strives to turn recurrent flooding into an economic opportunity. (Bacon’s Rebellion)
Santee Cooper’s new solar incentives should go farther. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• Florida utilities are “playing dirty” in a bid to control solar power. (Techdirt)
• An editorial applauds the Obama administration’s decision to ban drilling off the Atlantic coast. (Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star)
• An editorial questions the rationale for relaxing Kentucky’s coal mine safety inspections. (Journal-Times)
Rebuild Virginia’s coal fields with clean energy. (The Roanoke Times)


Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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