Changes to North Carolina’s energy policy could benefit solar

• New energy legislation under consideration in North Carolina might allow third-party energy sales and streamline the permitting process for solar projects. (Coastal Review Online)
• Florida Power & Light announces plans to install 100 “solar trees” around the state. (News 13)

WIND: Prices for offshore wind are falling dramatically, making leases in places like the Carolina coast more attractive. (Bloomberg)

EPA: Former North Carolina DEQ secretary Donald van der Vaart is still in the running for deputy administrator of the EPA. (E&E News) 

POLICY: The chief of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality talks about his vision for the agency. (Southeast Energy News)

• Westinghouse Electric, the U.S. nuclear power plant developer owned by Toshiba, hires bankruptcy attorneys, but no official decision to file for bankruptcy has been made.