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Florida newspapers pull back on solar amendment spending claims

FLORIDA: Two major newspapers correct stories after a political blog finds they overstated the amounts utilities were spending on a solar amendment. (SaintPetersBlog)

ALSO:
• Q & A: A vocal solar advocate calls out utilities on Amendment 1. (Southeast Energy News)
• At events throughout the state, opponents of Amendment 1 urge voters to reject the utility-backed measure. (WUSF News)
• A partnership of two leading Florida newspapers spotlights how Amendment 1 promises to protect seniors but offers no new rules to do so. (PolitiFact Florida)

CLIMATE:
• A warming climate is feeding a persistent drought and growing wildfires in North Carolina and Georgia. (Washington Post)
Atlanta’s sustainability director is transitioning to become its first chief resilience officer. (WABE)
• Jack Black hosts an episode on the National Geographic Channel about “Saving Miami” from climate change. (WLRN)

SOLAR:
• North Carolina State University snags a federal grant to boost community solar in rural communities. (Triangle Business Journal)
• North Carolina regulators approve Duke Energy imposing a test for how new systems connect to the grid. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A county in central Virginia receives an application for an 88-megawatt facility that would be one of the largest in the Eastern U.S. (The Central Virginian)

PIPELINES:
• A hearing in Roanoke about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline draws sharp rebukes from a variety of stakeholders. (Roanoke Times)
• More than half of U.S. pipelines are at least 46 years old. (Wall Street Journal)
• A natural gas exporter boosts its stake in the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Atlanta and Arlington County, Virginia are among the few jurisdictions in the Southeast that are part of a new White House initiative to develop charging stations. (Electrek)

NATURAL GAS: Rain and flooding in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast cause an estimated six-month delay in construction at a natural gas export terminal. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COAL: A new documentary captures how West Virginia is struggling to move beyond its dependence on coal mining. (AlterNet)

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS SCANDAL: An attorney for VW says car owners are signing up under a $15 billion settlement deal at a high rate. (Associated Press)

ALABAMA: The state’s utilities urge public and elected officials not to take its electricity supply for granted. (Montgomery Advertiser)

COMMENTARY:
Alabama needs a coal ash management plan. (Alabama Media Group |  Southern Environmental Law Center)
• A clean tech blog throws its weight, along with Elon Musk’s, against Florida’s solar Amendment 1. (CleanTechnica)
• Does the vote “NO” movement against Florida’s solar Amendment 1 have enough momentum to defeat it on Tuesday? (Tampa Bay Times)

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