Daily Digest

Coal ash recycling draws growing interest from waste disposal firms

COAL ASH:
• A seminar in North Carolina reflects a cottage industry sprouting to recycle coal ash. (Greensboro News & Record)
• North Carolina sets a public meeting for this Wednesday night about Duke Energy’s plan to build a coal ash landfill. (Greensboro News & Record)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Virginia Power presses its case to become the first utility in the U.S. to earn a second extension of an operating license for a reactor. (Daily Press)

PIPELINES: An industry-funded study concludes there is no decline in property values of homes situated near pipelines. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

HYDROPOWER: New power plants under construction along the Ohio River in Kentucky and West Virginia are set to grow hydro capacity there about 75%. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

RENEWABLES: A new report by a conservative nonprofit predicts power bills will rise due to the higher costs of deploying solar and wind energy systems. (The Virginian-Pilot)

COAL: A West Virginia company receives a federal grant to help coal-dependent communities diversify their economies. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR: A thrift store owner in Virginia illustrates how small businesses can justify deploying a rooftop solar system. (The Virginian-Pilot)

POLITICS:
Dominion claims hundreds who protested Friday in Virginia’s capital against the development of two pipelines are misinformed. (WRIC)
• At a health seminar co-sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power, protestors call for the utility to deploy renewable energy at a faster rate for a healthier environment. (Fairfax Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Don’t be fooled by North Carolina mega-donor Jay Faison’s stated commitment to climate action. (Grist)
Swine waste deserves a larger role in North Carolina’s energy future. (The Daily Reflector)

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