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North Carolina bill would require health review of proposed wind farms

WIND: A bill approved by the North Carolina Senate would require a review of potential health effects of proposed wind farms. (North Carolina Health News)

ALSO:
• Some homeowners in eastern North Carolina hail legislation to restrict wind farms there. (Triangle Business Journal)
• A Mississippi developer of a 400-mile-long transmission line aimed at importing wind-generated power from Texas will hold an open house next week for the project. (WCBI)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Virginia startup aims to create a green score for existing homes. (Southeast Energy News)
• Florida-based NextEra Energy Services forms a partnership with a software developer to offer a demand-response program for businesses in the PJM power grid. (Utility Dive)

COAL ASH:
• A closely watched trial over Dominion Virginia Power’s plans to bury coal ash in unlined pits could hinge on whether environmentalists link pollution to a coal plant. (The Daily Progress)
Health threats from a coal ash dump run by Dominion Virginia Power will increase as sea levels rise, a trial witness says. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Virginia sets a July 6 public hearing in Chesterfield over the reissue of a permit for Dominion Virginia Power to discharge ash wastewater there. (Chesterfield Observer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An agreement between the TVA and the EPB is set to expand a network of charging stations in the Chattanooga metro area. (The Pulse)
• A North Carolina startup looks to expand its solar-powered charging stations throughout the Southeast. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

NUCLEAR:
• Florida Power & Light offers to wait one year before starting to charge ratepayers for building new reactors. (Miami Herald)
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good stresses the need to keep current reactors operating as long as possible to help reduce carbon emissions. (USA Today)

SOLAR:
• The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce heralds the benefits of a two-year-old law enabling solar’s growth there. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
• Advocates in Greensboro, North Carolina question whether its leaders will do what they say: become the most “solar friendly” city in the state. (Yes Weekly)
• A homeowner in South Carolina looks forward to cutting her average power bill by two-thirds with a rooftop system. (WJCL)

UTILITIES: The parent company of Dominion Virginia Power made the largest single donation by a corporation to a Virginia campaign or candidate since 1997, records show. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• Blackhawk Mining opts to shut down three previously idled mines in eastern Kentucky. (Platts)
• A West Virginia property owner sues a miner alleging it breached duties to correct various damages to his land. (West Virginia Record)

2010 BP OIL SPILL: About $8.7 million of penalties from the Gulf spill are to be spent on filling canals in a Louisiana preserve originally dug by oil explorers after World War II. (WWL)

COMMENTARY:
• The real reason behind legislation to ban many wind farms in North Carolina: opposition to renewable energy. (Wilmington Star News)
Who pays to clean up coal mines after their owners go bankrupt? (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Governments should follow this road map to protect well water from coal ash contaminants. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• A labor leader spotlights the roles two nuclear reactors under construction in Georgia serve in creating jobs and rebuilding America’s infrastructure. (Huffington Post)

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