Daily Digest

BP paying record $20.8 billion to settle Gulf spill claims

2010 BP GULF OIL SPILL:
• The $20.8 billion settlement with BP, announced yesterday, is the largest civil settlement with any single entity in U.S. history. (The New York Times)
Reactions vary about the the $20.8 billion settlement. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Louisiana is guaranteed about $5 billion from the BP settlement. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Alabama’s coastal counties are to receive about $1 billion from the settlement. (Alabama Media Group)

SOLAR:
• A proposal before the Mississippi Public Service Commission seeks to authorize credits for ratepayers whose solar systems generate extra power. (Gulfport Sun Herald)
• A West Virginia task force report pits solar companies and their advocates against utilities over charges for rooftop systems. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
•  Is solar energy becoming less expensive than some fossil fuels? (Christian Science Monitor)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe expects the state to go beyond its quota for reducing carbon emissions under the Clean Power Plan. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ENERGY STORAGE: Executives from Southeast utilities compete to showcase their strategies for deploying storage technologies. (EnergyWire)

CLIMATE: University presidents from across the U.S. say their institutions are expanding commitments to fight climate change. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS:
• U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, says VW’s new chairman is committed to the company’s Chattanooga operations. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• West Virginia sues VW alleging its “deceptive practices” broke state laws. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: Power providers in the Carolinas and Virginia are recovering relatively quickly from heavy rains and Hurricane Joaquin. (ClimateWire)

COAL: Murray Energy is suing the federal government alleging it failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the rationale for the EPA’s new stream protection rule. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

COMMENTARY:
Jeb Bush’s energy plan is “breathtakingly irresponsible.” (The Washington Post)
• President Obama’s clean air push is changing the trajectory of the power industry. (Politico)

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