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Tennessee wind project on hold after state lawmakers pass moratorium

WIND: A more than $100 million wind farm project is on hold after Tennessee lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines there. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Insurance companies sued by Duke Energy to recover more than $1 billion in coal-ash contamination costs say the utility company disposed of ash in ways it knew threatened groundwater. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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NUCLEAR:
• Consultants say Westinghouse’s bankruptcy filing makes it “uneconomic” to complete its Vogtle nuclear plant project. (SNL)
Recent nuclear plant shutdowns across the country, including in Florida, are result of a mix of political opposition and competition from gas, which may undercut U.S. climate goals. (New York Times)
An environmental group is filing a legal challenge to TVA’s proposed Oak Ridge nuclear project in Tennessee. (Times Free Press)

CLIMATE:
• A report finds carbon emissions from the power sector have dropped to 1990 levels; AEP, Duke Energy and Southern Co. are the top three emitters. (InsideClimate News)
• President Trump called the mayor of a small island community in Virginia and said not to worry about rising sea levels threatening the town: “Your island has been there for hundreds of years.” (Associated Press)
A Louisiana teen is one of 21 suing the federal government for its alleged failure to curtail fossil fuel development and address climate change. (Times Picayune)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Sixteen groups have jointly asked Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott to sign a bill that would expand the use of renewable energy in the state. (News 4)
Apple Inc. has issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation in several states, including North Carolina. (Bloomberg News)
Although increasing, the number of Floridians who own renewable energy systems is a small fraction of the state’s population. (Palm Beach Post)

POLITICS: A Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida says if elected, she wants the state to comply with the Paris Agreement. (SaintPetersBlog)

NATURAL GAS:
• State officials have fined a Kentucky city agency $60,000 for repeated failure to check for leaks in the city-owned natural gas system. (Herald Leader)
• Opponents of a Duke Energy gas plant project in North Carolina will hold a protest on the 4th of July. (Mountain Xpress, press release)

SOLAR: A ceremony Tuesday recognized Kentucky’s largest non-utility solar array at Fort Campbell. (Lane Report)

COMMENTARY:
• A Democratic state senator from Virginia says President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord “is a stunning renunciation” of leadership and praises his state’s actions to fight climate change. (Roanoke Times)
It doesn’t make sense for the Trump administration to sell off the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce the budget deficit. (Advocate)
A columnist says offshore drilling not only pollutes the ocean and harms marine ecosystems, but also has negative effects for those living inland. (NRDC)

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