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Virginia governor: ‘We’ve got to get our heads out of the sand’ on clean energy

CLEAN ENERGY: At a roundtable discussion, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state needs to push more aggressively for clean energy to attract new employers: “I’m not going to wait for the federal government on this.” (GoDanRiver.com)

SOLAR:
Two lawmakers, including one from Georgia, support a federal study to look into potential tariffs on imported solar panels. (The Hill)
Construction on Tallahassee’s first solar power plant is underway and expected to provide power to more than 3,000 homes by this fall. (WFSU)
Officials involved in public-private solar partnership facilitated by the Tennessee Valley Authority finalized some project details Tuesday. (Johnson City Press)
North Carolina led the nation in new utility-scale solar capacity added to the grid in the first quarter, just ahead of Minnesota and Nevada. (Triad Business Journal)
Champion Brands will receive 20 percent of its power at its Jacksonville headquarters from newly installed solar panels. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

COAL:
Mississippi Power’s Kemper plant is scheduled to start operating today, but it’s still unclear if it will. (MBP)
A federal judge ruled that pollution from a coal company’s mountaintop removal in West Virginia has harmed aquatic life in two streams. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
After emerging from bankruptcy, Alpha Natural Resources is selling a coal mining complex and a natural gas operation in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Activists use aerial drones to document the impact of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: State officials on Tuesday authorized Duke Energy to build a landfill to store coal ash and other waste for one of its power plants. (NCNN)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A small, rural town in South Carolina is working toward becoming the state’s first city completely powered by renewable energy. (Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS: A West Virginia justice released on Monday his dissent to the state’s supreme court ruling that natural gas companies can deduct post-production costs from royalties paid to landowners for mineral rights. (Associated Press)

OIL: What seismic blasting to map oil reserves means for the Carolina coast. (WUNC)

PARIS AGREEMENT: A Republican lawmaker from Florida is calling for the U.S. to stay in the Paris Agreement, noting his state is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. (SaintPetersBlog)

COMMENTARY: A North Carolina chamber of commerce says “there are no good reasons for Atlantic Coast offshore drilling for oil.” (Coastal Review Online)

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