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Second wind developer threatens to leave North Carolina if law passes

WIND: The developer of a second wind project says it may pull out of North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law. (News & Observer)

UTILITIES:
• Southern Company contributed $1 billion in additional capital into its Mississippi subsidiary after deciding to suspend its Kemper “clean coal” plant. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• State officials are considering Florida Power & Light’s request to waive a requirement that the company seek competing bids for a new $888 million clean energy plant project. (Sun Sentinel)
• Appalachian Power wants to buy two wind farms, including one in West Virginia, that will be operational in 2019. (Roanoke Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Mississippi is asking GreenTech Automotive to repay more than $6 million in state and local aid for not meeting its promises to create jobs. (Associated Press)
• Thirteen states, including several in the Southeast, now charge fees for electric vehicles. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: The public comment period on applications by five companies to conduct seismic airgun surveys for oil and natural gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean has been extended to July 21. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: Solar panels have been placed at the site of an unfinished nuclear plant in Tennessee and an abandoned landfill in Orlando. (United Renewable Energy, Orlando Sentinel)

REGULATIONS: A lawmaker from Virginia has introduced a bill to consolidate power plant modifications and another bill that would alter the Clean Air Act. (Times News)

COAL:
An analysis predicts “clean coal” technology has an uphill battle following the Kemper plant suspension and low natural gas prices. (Utility Drive)
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is scheduled to visit a West Virginia coal plant today. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

PIPELINES: Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project question Dominion Energy’s interactions with local officials. (WVTF)

COMMENTARIES:
An editorial questions the coal mining industry’s safety compliance in light of the startling number of miners’ black lung cases that have been recently diagnosed. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A look at what some cities and states in the Southeast are doing to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. (NRDC)
Mississippi’s Kemper power plant shutdown confirms “clean coal” won’t save the industry. (Los Angeles Times)

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