EFFICIENCY: Gov. McAuliffe is fast-tracking Virginia's energy efficiency initiatives to reduce consumption by 10% by 2020. (Daily Press)

SOLAR: The solar power constitutional amendment in Florida is closer to the 2016 ballot but still needs about 600,000 signatures. (Saint Peters Blog)

Tesla's new dealership in Orlando is its 7th in Florida. (Orlando Business Journal)
• The FTC's backing of Tesla's bid to sell directly to consumers could be tested in West Virginia and other states. (Tech Crunch)

NATURAL GAS VEHICLES:  A new rate structure permits TECO's Peoples Gas to build and operate compressed natural gas stations in Orlando. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

OIL TRAINS: Downtown Richmond, Virginia is exposed to trains transporting about 1 million gallons of crude oil at least four times per week.  (WWBT-TV)

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., says it's “vital” lawmakers address climate change for the damage that could result to his district in South Florida. (ClimateWire)
A look at the climate stance of Kentucky gubernatorial candidate James Comer. (Western Kentucky Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Southern Co. foresees several uses for drones, including restoring power more quickly.  (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

• Several federal government agencies have allocated $35.5 million to help communities and workers adapt to the decline in coal jobs. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• Blaming Obama's energy policy and the shift to natural gas, a Murray Energy unit is laying off 425 workers. (The Intelligencer)

• The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is trying to produce all of the electricity its new headquarters in Virginia Beach needs for one year with solar and wind energy. (Bay Journal)
DeKalb County, Georgia is lauded for the second-best managed government vehicle fleet in the U.S. (Southeast Green blog)

COMMENTARY: Decisions on whether to permit fracking in Virginia belong with the commonwealth, not local jurisdictions. (The Virginian-Pilot editorial)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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