Daily Digest

Allegations mount over coal ash wastewater disposal in Virginia

COAL ASH:
Allegations of dubious practices mount against Virginia regulators for allowing the disposal of coal ash wastewater into a creek near the Potomac River. (Climate Progress)

ALSO:
Out-of-state coal ash being dumped in South Carolina is riling residents. (The State)
• A North Carolina judge questions the motives of state regulators and will review its $6.6 million settlement with Duke Energy over coal ash violations. (Fayetteville Observer)
North Carolina regulators permit Duke Energy to remove water at a coal ash pond in preparation for burial in a lined landfill. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
• A New York firm plans several large solar projects in Georgia. (Savannah Morning News)
• A community solar system in North Carolina launching soon will sell rights to individual panels for credits on monthly power bills. (Island Free Press)
• Florida Power & Light, at groundbreaking, touts its plan to install 1 million solar panels at three sites by the end of the year. (Saint Peters Blog)
• The economics of rooftop solar in South Carolina depend on what, if any, utility incentives are available. (The Post and Courier)

UTILITIES:
Dominion Virginia Power accepts responsibility for an oil spill that has spoiled a 10-mile stretch of the Potomac River. (Inside NoVA)
• Residents of an Arkansas town challenge regulators about sub-par service by Entergy Arkansas, which utility executives acknowledge. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• The TVA has no plans to change how it’s complying with the Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court’s stay. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• By 2020, renewable energy is projected to account for 10 percent of Georgia Power’s generation sources. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, an eight-member Supreme Court would still have to lift the stay it issued last week. (Politico)
Mississippi lawmakers cheer the Supreme Court’s stay of the plan. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

CLIMATE: A summit at Tulane University will spotlight climate and green building challenges and opportunities. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

COAL:
West Virginia lawmakers override the veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin freeing coal and other workers of the requirement to join a union. (Associated Press)
Reality tempters optimism in coal country after the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan. (Associated Press)
• Coal mines in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia report deep production cuts. (SNL)
• How President Obama went from a clean coal cheerleader to the industry’s No. 1 enemy. (Grist)
• The top energy administrator in Kentucky says his office will not be “a hindrance to any industry,” including coal mining. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• Virginia lawmakers and Gov. Terry McAuliffe spar over coal tax credits. (The Roanoke Times)

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA says it is abandoning plans to build new reactors at the Bellefonte complex in Alabama. (Associated Press)
• An inside look at the construction of the Plant Vogtle reactors in Georgia. (WTVM-TV)

PIPELINES:
Opponents in Georgia plan to appeal federal regulators’ approval of the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. (First Coast News)
• Opponents of the Palmetto Pipeline’s proposed path through Georgia say local communities share much of the risk with no benefits. (Savannah Morning News)
• Dominion proposes a new route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that it says avoids two national forests. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Dominion Virginia Power – again – succeeds in blocking legislation designed to pry open the market for solar and wind. (Power for the People VA blog)
Conservation programs in North Carolina can add up to significant bulk savings if a culture of wasting energy changes. (Blue Ridge Now)
Greenville, North Carolina should share, but not shoulder, the entire tab for cleaning up Duke Energy’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. (The Daily Reflector)
Louisiana’s share of revenues from offshore drilling should fund coastal restoration efforts, not help to balance the federal budget. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Dominion’s newly-proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is ill-conceived and fails to minimize harm to Virginia. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

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