A Department of Energy report says taller turbines can make wind energy viable in all 50 states, including the Southeast. (The New York Times)
• The American Bird Conservancy asserts too many wind turbines are being sited in sensitive nesting areas and flight paths. (Associated Press)

Solar advocates in Louisiana are scrambling to defend the state’s solar incentives. (EnergyWire)
• The Evangelical Environmental Network presses its case in Florida for the proposed solar choice amendment to the state’s Constitution. (WLRN Public Radio)

PIPELINES: An appeal is likely after Georgia denies Kinder Morgan’s application for the proposed Palmetto Pipeline route through the state. (Savannah Morning News)

Three cities and two environmental groups join others in appealing South Carolina’s approval for seismic testing to find oil offshore. (The State)
• A Florida county passes resolutions calling for a state moratorium on fracking and offshore drilling. (WNDB Radio, Daytona Beach)

• A new study finds Sun Belt population growth and the warming climate could quadruple exposure to extreme heat. (The New York Times)
• Seven U.S. senators complain FEMA is tying up disaster preparedness with climate red tape. (WCQS – Western North Carolina Public Radio)
• A Democratic candidate for governor in Kentucky says it can comply with the Clean Power Plan’s proposed emission reductions. (E&E Daily)

NORTH CAROLINA: A Senate panel joins the House in a vote to cap the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandate. (WCQS Western North Carolina Public Radio)

Duke Energy outlined a $1 billion plan to replace an Asheville coal plant with natural gas and solar power. (The Charlotte Observer)
• OSHA and Duke Energy Florida agree on a settlement stemming from the death of an employee in 2014. (Ocala StarBanner)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: One of two garbage-to-energy plants in Broward County, Florida will shut down. (Sun Sentinel)

COAL: Virginia and Tennessee Congressmen rip the proposed Clean Power Plan’s impact on coal-fired power plants. (The Kingsport Times-News)

• If the power grid goes down, blame the war on solar. (Power for the People VA blog)
• Editorial: Don’t ignore the possibility of sea-level rise. (The Tampa Tribune)


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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