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Congress moves to extend coal miners’ health benefits

COAL: Sen. Mitch McConnell says an extension of miner’s health benefits will be included in a short-term government funding bill, but some Democrats say it’s not enough. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Democrats in Congress move to divide President-elect Trump from the Republican Party over coal miner’s benefits. (TIME)

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NORTH CAROLINA: What might the energy industry expect under Roy Cooper once he takes office as the next governor on Jan. 1? (Southeast Energy News)

WEST VIRGINIA: While some voters are thrilled with the ascendancy of President-elect Trump, others are skeptical of his ability to resuscitate the coal industry. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR:
• Dept. of Energy officials signal a decision soon on whether some radioactive waste from power plants and military operations may shift from South Carolina to a new repository. (Aiken Standard)
• Critics assert ratepayers are getting stuck with cost overruns for two new reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: John Deere unveils a prototype for zero-emission farm tractors. (Electrek)

PIPELINES:
• Companies developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline begin a road show to promote the benefits of increased natural gas supply to regions along its proposed route. (Triangle Business Journal)
• Mountaineer Gas in West Virginia moves to address concerns about its plan for a new pipeline in the state’s Panhandle. (West Virginia Metro News)
• A second worker dies of injuries suffered at the Oct. 31 Colonial Pipeline explosion in Alabama. (WBMA)

COAL ASH: Mississippi regulators delay a vote on coal ash disposal, questioning how rules might change under President-elect Trump. (Associated Press)

POLICY:
• Advisers to President-elect Trump are said to be pushing for the eventual elimination of all energy subsidies. (PV Magazine)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, mentioned as a possible candidate to head the Dept. of Energy or become Secretary of State, reportedly is to meet for in-depth talks with President-elect Trump this week. (Weirton Daily Times)

TECHNOLOGY: Tennessee launches a program to mentor advanced energy startups. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

GRID: Challenges over coordination of power flows in the MISO grid prompt a call for penalties. (Utility Dive/Platts)

SOLAR: The University of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power unveil two rooftop systems to broaden awareness of renewable energy. (UVA Today)

NATURAL GAS: Two energy trading platforms reportedly aim to launch futures contracts underpinned by exports of liquefied natural gas from terminals in Louisiana. (Wall Street Journal)

EFFICIENCY: The University of Georgia is on track to reduce energy consumption 25 percent by 2020. (Athens Banner-Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Is Sen. Mitch McConnell a friend of miners or coal companies? We’re about to find out. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Trump made a cruel promise to bring back jobs in coal country. (Newsweek)
West Virginia’s senators need to press hard to help retired coal miners and communities devastated by its decline. (The Exponent Telegram)
Rural eastern North Carolina deserves the natural gas that can be supplied by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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