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North Carolina approves 2/3 of Duke power plant plan

UTILITIES: North Carolina approves two natural gas-fueled generators for Duke Energy’s Asheville plant but holds off on a third. (Charlotte Observer)

SOLAR:
• Details emerge about what could be the largest solar energy facility in South Carolina. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)
• A proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution backed by utilities has 73% public support, a poll paid for by utilities finds. (Sun Sentinel)
• Students at West Virginia University begin building a transportable solar-powered home for the 2017 Solar Decathlon competition. (The Daily Athenaeum)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan shuts down the mobile app for its Leaf after a security breach. (Motor Trend)

CLIMATE: The pastor of a community church in Virginia spotlights the burden of fossil fuels on nearby minority communities. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

NATURAL GAS: An environmental group warns that cheap natural gas is spawning a wave of petrochemical plants in Louisiana and elsewhere that will emit significant greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)

POWER GRID: The growing amount of natural gas and renewable power sources calls for new reliability rules, some experts say. (EnergyWire)

NUCLEAR:
• The House explores resuming the opening of a planned long-term commercial waste storage facility beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (The Hill)
• There may be lessons for U.S. utilities from how South Korea actually lowered costs of building new reactors. (Vox)

COAL ASH:
• Environmental groups are trying to monitor liquid from ash disposal sites being treated at a wastewater plant in North Carolina. (Fayetteville Observer)
• How the disposal of coal ash in Southeast states has become part of the national energy conversation. (Power)
• One train at a time, Duke Energy is moving seven million tons of coal ash to disposal sites in North Carolina. (Wilmington Star News)

COAL:
• When coal companies fail, who pays for the cleanup? (National Public Radio)
Consol Energy says it has reached an agreement to sell an active coal mine in southwestern Virginia and an idled mine in West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

PIPELINES:
• The West Virginia Senate votes down a bill that would have allowed surveyors to enter private property without owners’ approvals. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The Forest Service asks for public comment on the latest proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through the George Washington National Forest. (Associated Press)
• Some opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline plan a protest Wednesday in Virginia over what they describe as “Dominion’s bullying of property owners.” (The News Virginian)

OIL & GAS:federal appeals court hears arguments next Monday in a suit filed by a south Louisiana flood board against dozens of companies over alleged damages to wetlands. (Associated Press)

WEST VIRGINIA: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin approves tax breaks for the state’s coal and natural gas industries effective July 1. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• Will students in West Virginia ever learn about the changing climate and what can be done to mitigate it? (Climate Progress)
• South Carolina needs to keep an eye out for companies trying to accept and dispose of out-of-state coal ash. (Greenville Online)

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