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Poll finds strong support for Florida solar amendment

SOLAR: A poll paid for by backers of Florida’s solar Amendment 1 finds 66 percent of voters would support it, while supporters raise more than $23 million to sway voters in its favor. (SaintPetersBlog, Florida Times-Union)

ALSO:
• A solar system flattens summer peak-demand for a rural co-op in Arkansas. (Arkansas Business)
Clarke County, Virginia is getting a 20-megawatt solar farm. (Associated Press)
• For the fourth time, the Chesapeake, Virginia city council will vote on whether to authorize a large solar farm painted by some local residents as an eyesore. (The Virginian-Pilot)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Federal judges today hear an appeal led in part by West Virginia but likely won’t rule on it until early 2017. (Ohio Valley Resource, ClimateWire)

POLITICS: North Carolina philanthropist Jay Faison discusses how clean energy can help “modernize” the Republican Party. (E&E TV)

WIND:
• Every member of Arkansas’ congressional delegation opposes the planned Clean Line project aimed at bringing wind-generated electricity 700 miles to utilities in the Southeast. (Arkansas Business)
• A conference in Arkansas spotlights the need to upgrade the region’s energy infrastructure, including the Clean Line transmission project. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
• A plan surfaces in South Carolina for another waste disposal facility and draws reservations from Gov. Nicki Haley. (The State)
Areva North America in Lynchburg, Virginia trims its staff due to shrinking demand for reactor maintenance services. (Roanoke Times)

COAL: A new poll signals strong support for $1 billion in mine reclamation projects mostly in Appalachia under the so-called federal RECLAIM bill. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

COAL ASH: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says the EPA is failing its environmental justice mission by hastily approving the storage of ash in low-income and minority communities. (Think Progress)

PIPELINES: Nineteen chambers of commerce in Virginia urge approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, claiming it will save natural gas users $243 million annually. (TI News Daily)

NATURAL GAS: A county 911 line in Northern Virginia receives numerous calls about natural gas odors during the venting of facilities operated by a unit of Dominion Resources. (Ashburn Patch)

COMMENTARY:
• Don’t let drilling companies hide fracking data. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Jurisdictions in Virginia should get ready to fight drilling companies’ efforts in the 2017 General Assembly to block local authority over fracking. (Power for the People VA blog)
• Proponents of seismic testing for offshore drilling ignore mounting opposition along the Atlantic coast. (Moore Charitable Foundation)
• The driver of a Tesla Model S in Sarasota, Florida shares tips on how to preserve its battery power. (CleanTechnica)

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