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Virginia governor seeks to pause coal ash permits

NUCLEAR: Utilities building new nuclear plants in Georgia and South Carolina are hoping to recover cost overruns through Westinghouse bankruptcy proceedings. (Reuters)

ALSO: Federal regulators order a special inspection of the Turkey Point nuclear plant in Florida after a minor electrical fault. (Palm Beach Post)

COAL ASH: An amendment proposed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe would pause coal ash permitting for more than a year. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL: President Trump reiterates his pledge to support health care for retired coal miners. (McClatchy)

SOLAR:
• The Georgia Senate approved a measure Wednesday to loosen restrictions on conservation land to make way for more solar farms in Georgia. (The Daily Citizen)
• Newly proposed changes to expand options for developing solar and other renewable energy projects in North Carolina are expected to be introduced in this year’s legislative session. (Carolina Public Press)
• Even after state tax credits disappeared, at least 2,150 homes have solar energy in New Orleans at little or no initial cost to homeowners. (Fox 8)
• The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association launches a new initiative to promote solar power. (Triple Pundit)

WIND: A Tennessee senator again asked the TVA not to purchase power from a proposed wind energy project because he claims it would “carry comparatively more expensive, less reliable electricity to Tennessee and other southeastern states.” (WGNS)

PIPELINES: Many in North Carolina worry the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline poses environmental threats to the coast, while a West Virginia environmental group speaks out about the possibilities of the pipeline contaminating drinking water. Meanwhile, A Virginia conservation group is proposing a set of conditions for the pipeline. (Coastal Review Online, Record Delta, National Gas Intel)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil companies have offered $274.8 million for this year’s central Gulf of Mexico oil leases, which is more than last year but only about half the amount bid in 2015. (Associated Press)
• Opponents of fracking in Florida gathered at the capitol on Wednesday in support of legislation to prohibit the practice statewide. (Naples Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: Kentucky is among states considering cuts to efficiency programs, in part because of falling energy demand. (Bloomberg)

GRID: Officials from several Miami-Dade communities asked a Senate committee Wednesday not to approve legislation to allow Florida Power & Light to build power lines in environmentally sensitive areas. (Miami Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A Georgia homeowner says his utility is “cheating” him with high fixed charges for his solar system. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority says it expects solar and other renewables to play an increasingly important role as technology improves and costs continue to come down. (The Chattanoogan)
• The son of a Kentucky coal miner urges lawmakers not to short-change safety. (Los Angeles Times)

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