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Flooding triggers breach of cooling pond at Duke Energy power plant

UTILITIES: Duke Energy expects minimal impact on an adjacent river after it discovers a 50-foot break in an earthen wall around a large cooling pond at its Lee power plant in North Carolina. (Duke Energy, Charlotte Observer)

ALSO:
Two environmental groups say they are closely monitoring the break in Duke Energy’s cooling pond in North Carolina. (Waterkeeper Alliance)
Florida regulators allow a public review of utilities’ 10-year resource plans during a two-hour workshop. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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PIPELINES:
• The venting of a Dominion natural gas pipeline compressor station in Northern Virginia reveals a lack of guidance for alerting the public. (Southeast Energy News)
Dominion plans to expand its compressor station operations to move more natural gas through its pipelines in Northern Virginia. (Loudoun Times)

COAL:
• Mississippi Power says its long-delayed and over-budget Kemper “clean coal” plant generates electricity for the first time. (Associated Press)
• Regulators issue a permit for the Kemper “clean coal” plant to discharge water into a creek during high rainfall. (Associated Press)
• Why it’s so difficult to generate electricity from “clean coal.” (Inside Energy / Wyoming Public Radio)

WIND: Florida regulators approve a utility’s proposal to buy power generated by wind systems in Oklahoma. (Pensacola News Journal)

SOLAR:
Al Gore says Florida’s Amendment 1 is utilities’ bid to kill rooftop solar — not protect consumers — and joins Hillary Clinton in urging voters to reject it. (Tampa Bay Times, PV Magazine)
• A job fair in Florida’s Panhandle seeks 400 construction workers for large solar systems to be built by Gulf Power. (WEAR)
• Citing a possible need for installation standards, Florida utilities secure the endorsement for Amendment 1 from first responders. (Florida Politics)
• The Venice, Florida city council orders Florida Power & Light to relocate a solar canopy. (Herald-Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Four Southeast states have slashed the staffs of their environmental agencies by at least 20 percent, complicating their compliance with federal emission rules. (Center for Public Integrity)

NATURAL GAS: Duke Energy tells North Carolina regulators it will spend $56 million to upgrade coal units to burn natural gas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Florida’s solar Amendment 1 is really about money, not solar. (Orlando Sentinel)

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