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TVA’s newest nuclear reactor reaches full power

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NUCLEAR: The TVA’s Watts Bar 2 reactor reaches full power after a four-week outage and is set to go “commercial” this month. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

WIND:
• How a rural corner of North Carolina could dominate the region’s market for wind energy. (Southeast Energy News)
• Business interest in building a wind farm off North Carolina’s coast may be waning. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A conservationist talks to University of Tennessee students about balancing wildlife and wind energy. (Tennessee Journalist)

COAL:
• A new polls finds a most West Virginians want to focus on diversifying the state’s economy over protecting the coal industry. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• Federal officials agree on $5 million in upgrades to prevent further pollution in Appalachian mines owned by West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice. (Associated Press)
• Philanthropist Tom Clarke embarks on a “grand plan” to recast coal mining in West Virginia into a “green” industry. (New York Times)

SOLAR: A new study finds costs for utility-scale projects are dropping so fast – 20% in the past year – they could fend off new nuclear reactors. (Charlotte Business Journal)

OIL & GAS: Big oil interests are scrambling to help save the seat held by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who is locked in a “dead heat” with Democratic challenger Deborah Ross. (Think Progress)

UTILITIES: Amid weak electricity demand, capitalizing on lower natural gas prices and juggling environmental demands are primary drivers for Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. (Wall Street Journal)

VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL: More than 300,000 Volkswagen owners have registered to be compensated because of emissions-cheating software. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• Duke Energy says it will sell some of its ownership of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Dominion Resources. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A look back at how gasoline markets reacted to the rupture of the Colonial gasoline pipeline in Alabama last month. (Oil and Gas 360)

COMMENTARY:
SCG&E is wrong to claim credit for moderating construction costs at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant. (The Post and Courier)
Anticipation builds over whether the Virginia Supreme Court will authorize pipeline surveys of private property. (Charlottesville Daily Progress, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Vote “no” on Florida’s “shady, not smart” solar Amendment 1. (SunSentinel)
• The chief sustainability officer of Virginia-based Mars, Inc. urges state lawmakers to advance emissions reductions in the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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