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Obama pushes for solar and efficiency

OBAMA’S CLEAN ENERGY SPEECH:
In setting the stage for a new rooftop solar, efficiency and other initiatives, President Obama Monday accused critics of his energy policies of trying to restrict consumers from accessing renewable sources of energy. (The Washington Post)
• The federal energy and housing agencies are rolling out a new home energy efficiency scoring program called “Home Energy Score.(Climate Central)
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Some barriers to popularizing the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program across the U.S. would be cleared under an initiative unveiled Monday by President Obama. (Greentech Media)
Certain initiatives announced by President Obama Monday are designed specifically to help states comply with the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Arkansas officials say they are ready for steps needed to comply with the plan to achieve a “balanced energy future.” (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

UTILITIES:
• Atlanta-based Southern Co. reached an agreement to buy neighboring AGL Resources for about $12 billion aimed largely at boosting its natural gas investments. (Utility Dive)
• In its proposed acquisition of AGL Resources, Southern Co. is loading up on cheap debt to buy growth. (The Wall Street Journal)

ADVOCACY: Large-scale solar and wind projects have created unexpected and unsettling fault lines within the American environmental movement. (Yale Environment 360 blog)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Atlanta says it will deploy 50 battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by the end of 2015. (NGT News)

SOLAR: Coral Gables, Florida opposes lifting restrictions on solar panels. (Daily Business Review)

NUCLEAR: Cost overruns at nuclear plant expansions in Georgia and South Carolina “will likely keep a cap on U.S. nuclear development.” (SNL)

COAL: The Kemper “clean coal” project in Mississippi shows the costly perils of being “first of its kind.” (EnergyWire)

GRID: Utility customers in Virginia may pay more to avoid power failures three years from now following the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction. (EnergyWire)

COMMENTARY:
Southwest Virginians, as with all of the residents of the Central Appalachians, still are pawns of players outside of the region. (Washington Post blog)
Who is looking out for customers of Dominion Virginia Power whose base rates are too high? (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Lakeland, Florida has reached a midway point in its push to augment its energy production with solar energy. (The Ledger)

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