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New fees on electric vehicles expected in Georgia

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia Governor says he will sign a transportation funding bill expected to raise $900 million in part through changes to the state’s gas tax and new fees on electric cars. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:  Protestors in Loudoun County, Virginia join forces against Dominion’s plans for a $210 million pipeline to transmit natural gas to two power generating plants in Northern Virginia. (Leesburg Today, Leesburg, VA)

COAL: Process by Duke Energy could become model for dealing with coal ash. (Greensboro News & Record, North Carolina)

CLIMATE:
Sierra Club plots center-city rallies for climate action in Roanoke, VA. (The Roanoke Times)
• Two University of Alabama – Huntsville scientists reflect on why they’re skeptical of dangers from climate change. (The Huntsville Times)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy Progress set to begin serving 30+ municipalities in Eastern North Carolina after General Assembly action. (The Fayetteville Observer)

RENEWABLES: Dispute involving fuel supply to Gainesville, Florida’s biomass plant extends to litigation. (The Gainesville Sun)

SUSTAINABILITY: Erin Gill, Director of the City of Knoxville’s Office of Sustainability, and Louise Gorenflo of Knoxville Scores, discuss the city’s involvement in the Georgetown University Energy Prize. (WUOT Radio, Knoxville)

COMMENTARY:
• Eight hurdles advocates must clear to place a solar choice referendum on Florida’s 2016 general election ballot. (The Energy Collective)
• Columnist Fred Grimm reflects on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years later. (The Miami Herald)
• Editorial calls on President Obama to ‘get it right’ about drilling off the Virginia / Atlantic coastline. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• A founder of the American Council On Renewable Energy calls on North Carolina lawmakers to press ahead with clean energy growth in the state. (The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC)
• Gov. Rick Scott treats Florida as if it’s one big salt water swimming pool. (Saint Peters Blog, Florida)
• As sea-levels rise, buying shore front property in Virginia becomes a game of musical chairs. (Power for the People VA blog)

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