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Kentucky coal company plans solar array atop former strip mine

SOLAR: A Kentucky coal company is planning a 50-100 MW solar array, which would be by far the state’s largest, atop a recovered strip mine site. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

ALSO: 
• Georgia-based solar manufacturer Suniva filed for bankruptcy protection, which could prompt a trade dispute between America and Asia. (Greentech Media)
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The solar industry challenges Duke Energy’s claim that customers would pay $1 billion too much for solar power under current contracts. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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COAL:
• The CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority will not reopen coal plants under the Trump administration, saying low natural gas prices harmed the coal industry, not regulations. (Associated Press)
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North Carolina residents worry about coal ash-contaminated drinking water, with one saying, “It’s like our state is deaf, and the only voice they can hear is Duke Energy.” (The Atlantic)

POLITICS: More than 50 Democrats running for the Virginia House of Delegates say they won’t accept campaign contributions from Dominion Resources or Appalachian Power. (Daily Progress)

PIPELINE:
• A small group of students protested Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new solar panels at the University of Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• Virginia’s Supreme Court will consider Wednesday two private property rights cases in relation to the construction of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (News Leader)

GRID: A smart grid technology company is moving its headquarters from Silicon Valley to North Carolina. (WRAL)

TRANSMISSION: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will attend the opening of a new factory that will supply insulators for transmission lines, including the Plains and Eastern line that the state’s congressional delegation is opposing. (Commercial Appeal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Georgia Power plans to install 61 EV charging stations around the Atlanta Braves stadium. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Construction is under way on the second Tesla charging station in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina ratepayers want input on the V.C. Summer nuclear project as its future remains uncertain following a bankruptcy filing. (Free Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A newspaper editorial warns that the world’s leading corporations want renewable energy that Kentucky is unprepared to provide. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
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In light of Westinghouse’s bankruptcy filing and with the completion of a nuclear project uncertain, South Carolina lawmakers need to reform a system that lets utilities shift the burden to ratepayers who get no return on their investment. (Aiken Standard)

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