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SOLAR: Advocates say Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s recent veto of a utility-backed anti-net-metering bill provides a playbook for advancing solar power in conservative states. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Solar developers are in a conflict with Georgia Power over who should pay for grid studies before new arrays are approved. (E&E News)
• An Arkansas court rejects a ruling by state regulators that would have allowed utilities to charge a grid fee for solar installations larger than 1 MW. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

WIND: Virginia regulators will begin hearings this week on how much Dominion Energy can bill ratepayers for its offshore wind project, which is estimated to cost nearly $10 billion. (Virginia Mercury)

GRID:
• Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick acknowledges “work remains to be done” on the state’s power grid after residents were urged over the weekend to conserve power. (Houston Chronicle, subscription)
• A West Virginia county objects to Appalachian Power’s proposal to cut its budget for trimming vegetation around power lines, warning it could result in more outages. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

UTILITIES:
• Duke Energy is expected to present multiple plans to North Carolina regulators on how to meet the state’s requirement to eliminate carbon emissions from power production by 2050. (WFAE)
• Dominion Energy shareholders last week approved a resolution calling on the utility to issue a report on “the risk of stranded assets” in its natural gas infrastructure. (E&E News)
• Georgia Power announces an initiative to support minority- and women-owned businesses through its bond purchases. (Augusta Chronicle)

COAL:
• A Florida utility seeks federal intervention after delayed coal shipments have forced it to curtail production at a power plant. (Trains)
• A federal court ruled last week that the operator of a Kentucky coal mine broke the law when it warned workers of an impending inspection in 2012. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transit agency serving Savannah, Georgia unveils six new electric buses. (The Current)

COMMENTARY: An advocate says Dominion Energy’s “community solar” plan would make ratepayers pay a monthly premium, in contrast to other states where customers see a financial payback. (Virginia Mercury)

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Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.