• Federal and state tax credits due to expire after 2016 are fueling growth of rooftop solar systems in South Carolina’s low country. (WBCD-TV, Charleston)
• Two planned solar projects in South Carolina could become a model for locally-sourced energy on under-utilized land. (Area Development magazine)
Utility-scale solar output in the U.S. is 31 times higher than 10 years ago and is set to grow even faster. (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy’s interest in commercial solar projects is going international as it proposes a 47-megawatt solar project in Chile. (Charlotte Business Journal)

HYBRID VEHICLES: Three new container shuttle carriers at the Portsmouth, Virginia shipping port are the first battery-hybrid vehicles at any U.S. port, able to achieve 40 percent fuel savings and substantially reduced emissions. (The Virginian-Pilot)

POLICY: Five takeaways from last week’s Gulf Coast Energy Forum. (Alabama Media Group)

• The U.S. EPA has begun enforcing a new Clean Water Rule in all states except 13 involved in litigation, including Arkansas. (The Hill)
• Two federal district courts hearing challenges to the EPA’s new water rule — in Georgia and West Virginia — concluded they did not have jurisdiction and declined to block the rule on this basis. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A $250,000 state grant is helping build a new biomass gasification plant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee capable of converting more than 30 tons of organics daily. (Waste Dive)

• Officials estimate 1,200 barrels of oil have leaked from a West Virginia pipeline into a nearby creek. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
• Securing approval of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines is key to natural gas produced from the Marcellus shale natural gas fields. (Wheeling News-Register)
• Southern Company’s proposed purchase of AGL Resources would make it a partner in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with Dominion Resources and Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal) 

COAL ASH: The TVA is asking for public input about the environmental impact of its plans to dispose of coal ash. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

Equipment suppliers serving coal miners in Kentucky, West Virginia and other states are scrambling to find new customers. (The Wall Street Journal)
• A coal-mining environmentalist? A Virginia executive says he can be both. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: Plant Vogtle in Georgia is the latest proof of how utilities and nuclear contractors are struggling to build new reactors without cost increases. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Obama may back Louisiana’s use of offshore oil revenue for coastal restoration, a state official said. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

• Give consumers in Florida the opportunity to chose solar energy to supply their electricity. (Miami Herald)
Solar can help Virginia meet its Clean Power Plan targets. (Fredericksburg Free Lance- Star)

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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