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Duke Energy to continue moving away from coal

COAL: The CEO of Duke Energy says despite the Trump administration’s push for fossil fuels, “our strategy will continue to be to drive carbon out of our business.” (Charlotte Business Journal)

ALSO:
• Retired coal miners criticize President Trump’s silence on the possible end of federal health benefits: “He promised to help miners, not just mining companies.” (New York Times)
• Advocates raise health concerns about a proposal to site a federal prison on a former mountain coal removal site. (NRDC)

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COAL ASH:
• In response to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Duke Energy said Wednesday that the company’s coal ash costs should be considered as part of an overall rate increase — not separately — and that government agencies are confusing the issue. (News & Record, Charlotte Business Journal)
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Environmentalists continue to push a county in Virginia to insist Dominion Power moves coal ash that is contaminating nearby rivers. (Chesterfield Observer)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: 
• A former coal miner talks about his efforts to promote clean energy in Kentucky, including adding solar to the now-famous Kentucky Coal Mining Museum: “We took some abuse, man, let me tell you.” (Huffington Post)
• Kentuckians for the Commonwealth released a report that states producing electricity from renewable energy sources in the state would create thousands of jobs and lower consumers’ costs. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• L’Oréal USA announced its efforts to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. manufacturing, which include solar projects in Arkansas and Kentucky. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators to cut by more than one-third the price it pays to independent power producers for solar and other renewable energy. (Triad Business Journal)
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A Virginia solar power company is expanding operations in Waynesboro and opening new operations in Charlottesville. (Daily Progress)

PIPELINE: The Virginia Supreme Court heard, but did not rule on, two cases Wednesday that challenge a law that allows private property to be studied for natural gas pipelines without owner consent. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITY: Louisville Gas and Electric has agreed to a smaller utility rate increase and other terms. (WKU)

FRACKING: More than 100 small businesses in Florida wrote a statement in support of a statewide ban on fracking as the regular legislative session nears its end. (SaintPetersBlog)

EFFICIENCY: The Tennessee Valley Authority gave Tupelo, Mississippi, more than $100,000 for the city’s completed energy savings projects. (Daily Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An expo in Jacksonville, Florida, highlighted drivers’ increased move to EVs as more public places to recharge them are built. (Florida Times-Union)

COMMENTARY:
• A Kentucky coal museum that is going solar “sees the future,” even if President Donald Trump doesn’t. (New York Times)
• An environmental advocate says the Trump administration’s repeal of coal regulations will endanger Appalachia and prioritize corporate interests over the protection of natural resources. (The Tennessean)

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