Daily Digest

Canceled projects may mean nuclear energy decline as renewables rise

NUCLEAR: Electricity generated from renewable and nuclear power sources are statistically even, but a research group says canceled nuclear projects in South Carolina may mean a growing gap between renewable and nuclear energy could accelerate even more quickly in the coming years. (Eco Watch, Solar Industry Magazine)

COAL:
• West Virginia regulators cited and fined a coal mine operator for the May death of a worker at an underground operation. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A closer look at coal strip-mining health science on the heels of the Trump administration’s end of a federal study in Appalachia as residents now wonder whether they will get answers to their health questions. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WKU)
• President Trump says the war on “beautiful, clean coal” has ended, but he may be misusing the term “clean coal.” (Live Science)

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SOLAR: In a meeting with advisers, President Trump reportedly stressed that he wants tariffs on products from China — a “worrying sign for the majority of the U.S. solar industry.” (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents who live near a Duke Energy coal ash pond say the utility’s offer of a $5,000 payment that comes with its water-supply efforts is “deceptive.” (Progressive Pulse)

CLIMATE: A new report says as many as 20 North Carolina communities could be regularly inundated with sea water, but local experts believe the number could be higher and that some areas are already suffering from rising sea levels. (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate advocate says the Trump administration is ignoring facts about the coal industry’s decline as the president continues to promise its revival. (Time)
• Nuclear energy advocates are scrambling to come up with new reasons for why Georgians should continue to pay billions to expand nuclear power there. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A columnist says Florida is heavily dependent on natural gas as its principal fuel, which is not healthy or unique. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Georgia and Florida are the only two states actively being considered for Atlantic offshore oil and gas exploration that have governors who are silent on the issue. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The departure of Santee Cooper’s CEO following the abandonment of South Carolina’s Summer nuclear plant project “doesn’t even begin to address the problems with the way the utility operates.” (The State)
• An editorial board says President Trump should listen to the military and fight climate change. (News & Observer)

CORRECTION: An item in Monday’s digest incorrectly stated the location of Duke Energy’s planned Lee nuclear plant. It is in South Carolina.

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