NUCLEAR: A Nevada company says it will try to purchase the TVA's mothballed Bellefonte plant to generate power with an untested technology. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Engineers at the TVA say water tests could improve how much electricity the Browns Ferry plant generates. (Daily Reporter)

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COAL: EPA chief Gina McCarthy says the federal government should help coal-dependent communities in West Virginia and elsewhere that are at risk of being “left behind.” (The Hill)

• A North Carolina lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to revive the state's Coal Ash Management Commission. (Charlotte Observer)
• Duke Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Justice are at odds over whether potential state water quality violations are also federal violations. (Charlotte Business Journal)

South Florida Republicans are drawing scrutiny for disavowing a bipartisan climate caucus in Congress. (McClatchy Newspapers)
• The rift between mayors in southern Florida and Gov. Rick Scott grows. (Climate Progress)

• North Carolina's environmental secretary says any wind system off its coast must share some of its revenue with the state. (Coastal Review)
• A developer planning a large array of turbines in western Virginia offers to moderate the times they spin to avoid killing bats. (Roanoke Times)

• Meet Virginia's “point guy” on the Clean Power Plan. (ClimateWire)
• An environmental group criticizes Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's “all of the above” approach to energy. (Daily Press)

• An citizens' rights group moves to compel Virginia to provide regulatory information about the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (Augusta Free Press)
• A judge rejects a request by the Mountain Valley Pipeline for an injunction against a Virginia land owner who blocked surveyors from his property. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS: A south Florida distributor grows its business by promoting the current cost savings of natural gas over electricity. (Miami Herald)

KENTUCKY: State officials recognize six school districts for energy and environmental education programs. (Pioneer News)

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SOLAR: An organic produce farm in middle Tennessee gets even more sustainable and efficient with a solar system. (WSMV)

• It's ironic that the state-owned utility in South Carolina is working to undermine the growth of solar. (The Post and Courier)
• Force Duke Energy to really clean up its coal ash mess. (Charlotte Observer)
• If Gov. Rick Scott is truly serious about Florida's economic well-being, he'll engage about mitigating climate risks. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• North Carolina philanthropist Jay Faison is unrealistic about his plan for cost-effective clean energy and innovation. (Clean Technica)

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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