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Coal industry eager for regulatory rollback, but rebound unlikely

COAL: Experts remain skeptical that President-elect Trump can bring back a significant number of mining jobs, but industry leaders look forward to a rollback on regulations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia Record)

ALSO:
• Some Eastern Kentucky voters hinge their hopes on Trump reviving the region’s coal industry. (WEKU)
• At least some in this West Virginia mining town say they know Trump will get some people working again. (Bloomberg Politics)
• West Virginia’s next governor, Jim Justice, reportedly owes $15 million across six states for mine safety violations. (Grist)
• Watch the last of this coal plant in Wilmington, North Carolina implode. (Port City Daily / Duke Energy)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Chances of the plan surviving in its current form or a Supreme Court review are slim, legal experts say as opponents update their plan to kill it. (Platts, Greentech Media)

POLICY:
West Virginia’s congressional delegation prepares to work with President-elect Trump to roll back air-pollution regulations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Advised by industry insiders, President-elect Trump is expected to toss out much of what President Obama achieved on cleaner energy and the environment. (Washington Post)
• Four takeaways for what Trump means for the electric power sector. (Utility Dive)

NORTH CAROLINA: With future coal ash regulations hanging in the balance, a recount is possible as Attorney General Roy Cooper claims victory over incumbent Pat McCrory. (Charlotte Observer)

FLORIDA:
• What happens next in the showdown over rooftop solar is up to utilities, says the leader of the successful anti-Amendment 1 campaign. (POLITICO Florida)
• Despite helping defeat Amendment 1, solar advocates are keeping their defenses up against future utility attacks on rooftop systems. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

TRANSIT:
• Virginia’s transportation chief tells officials to stop work on a light-rail project rejected by voters Tuesday. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Without a light rail system, officials throughout the Hampton Roads – Virginia Beach region look to expanded bus service. (The Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: The recently extended Investment Tax Credit could be on the chopping block, some experts say. (PV-Tech)

NUCLEAR: Regulators in South Carolina approve a settlement fixing the price of two reactors under construction there. (SCANA Press Release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A startup company makes a long overdue loan payment to the Mississippi Development Authority. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Duke University students join with environmental activists to stop a gas-fired power plant planned on campus by Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Donald Trump’s energy vision holds plenty of promise for renewables. (RECHARGE)
• Thinking about a solar system? Buy one now before President-elect Trump repeals the Investment Tax Credit. (Electrek)

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