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Solar industry group pushes back on Suniva’s trade case

SOLAR: As Dominion Energy boosts its solar installations, small solar advocates say Virginia’s progress on utility scale solar has been largely at the expense of rooftop and community-owned installations. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO:
• The CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association will fight Georgia-based Suniva’s petition to impose tariffs on imported solar cells, saying it threatens the industry and U.S. jobs. (Greentech Media)
• Developers eye a Virginia county for large-scale solar projects. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)

NUCLEAR:
• Deemed to be within the safe limits for radioactive materials, the University of Arkansas is dumping nuclear wastewater into the city sewer system that flows into a lake, which is the area’s main source of drinking water. (40/29 News)
• A group of ratepayers attended a hearing on Plant Vogtle’s progress and asked that the project be canceled. (Atlanta Progressive News)
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Opinions were divided at a public hearing on Monday for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s small modular nuclear reactor project in Oak Ridge. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL:
• Three bipartisan proposals in Congress aim to help mining communities with economic, environmental and health challenges. (WKU)
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A look at recent employment numbers in the coal industry in West Virginia and Kentucky. (WSAZ)

CLIMATE:
• As he faces his final few months in office, many expect Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to issue executive orders related to capping carbon pollution and advancing renewable energy development in the state. (WVTF)
• Trump supporters in communities along the Mississippi River try to reconcile the president’s climate denial with flooding and other changes they’re observing. (E&E News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A small community in Kentucky’s coal country that was devastated by a tornado is rebuilt five years later with an emphasis on renewable energy. (WKYT)
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The city of Atlanta’s success in converting completely to clean energy may depend in part on Georgia Power, which has been slow to add renewable energy to its portfolio. (WABE)

COMMENTARY: Even some advocates for nuclear power are suggesting the industry may be coming to an end. (Yale E360)

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