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Critics call for stricter rules on wood pellet production

BIOMASS: Environmental advocates call for stricter guidelines on wood pellet production in the Southeast U.S. destined for power plants in Europe. (The Washington Post)

CLIMATE:
• Hoping to shape climate policies, six oil giants want a price on carbon. (National Journal)
• Clean energy advocate NextGen Climate tries to challenge GOP presidential candidates during an economic forum at Disney World today. (Saint Peters Blog, Orlando Sentinel)

COAL:
Coal plant closures May 31 by American Electric Power included three in West Virginia, two in Virginia, one in Kentucky. (Platts)
• Each of these seven regulations is making coal-fired power plants increasingly uneconomic to operate. (InsideClimate News)
Jeb Bush was slated to speak Monday to coal executives at a private industry retreat in Bristol, Virginia. (The Guardian)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: North Carolina regulators certified a waste-to-energy plant in Charlotte as a renewable-energy producer. (Charlotte Business Journal)

SOLAR: A Southern Co. unit acquires the 30-megawatt PawPaw Solar Facility, boosting its solar holdings to 385 megawatts in Georgia. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

UTILITIES:
• A Duke Energy shareholder alleges in a lawsuit it withheld key information about the Dan River coal ash spill. (Charlotte Observer)
Southern Co. is among utilities charging the central U.S. grid operator is overcharging them for power moved across Entergy’s grid. (EnergyWire)

OIL & GAS: A federal judge drops one of two charges against former BP executive David Rainey over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (The Advocate, Louisiana)

COAL ASH: North Carolina is probing whether a Duke Energy contractor failed to acquire a permit for coal ash remediation work. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Are wind and solar just a fad, as Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander asserts?  (Johnson City Press)

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