Daily Digest

Critics fight proposed ‘bailout’ of West Virginia coal plant

UTILITIES: Opposition grows to a plan by Ohio-based FirstEnergy to turn over a coal-fired power plant to its West Virginia subsidiaries where it would be guaranteed a profit. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• Homeowners are moving to take advantage of South Carolina’s “Act 236” solar incentive program, which may run out of rebate money before year’s end. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board selects a contractor to build the city’s first community solar system. (The Chattanoogan)
• A fifth pilot project in rural Mississippi begins generating electricity to test the viability of solar systems. (Hattiesburg American)

COAL ASH:
• Duke Energy agrees to pay a $6 million fine over the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill and other water quality violations. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Residents in a North Carolina county are invited to provide feedback on the proposed closure of a Duke Energy coal ash pond. (Fayetteville Observer)

NUCLEAR:
• The utilities building the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina say they will control the delays and cost overruns that have plagued the nearly $14 billion project. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A pair of reactors under construction in South Carolina illustrate utilities’ struggles with, and optimism for, the technology. (EnergyWire)

COAL:
• A prominent symbol of coal’s role in Kentucky is reduced to rubble as AEP implodes a cooling tower at the Big Sandy Power Plant. (WSAZ)
• Kentucky utilities complete the retrofit of a power plant in Louisville to reduce its toxic emissions. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Tennessee businesses and cities could benefit from changes looming under the Clean Power Plan, according to a new study by Georgia Tech. (Lebanon Democrat)

2010 BP OIL SPILL:
• A fight escalates in Mississippi over how to spend its share of $750 million in settlement funds. (Meridian Star)
• Auditors find a fish-safety program in Louisiana funded by settlement money was mismanaged. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
• Laborers in parts of southern Louisiana continue to see the effects of the spill and urge national media to continue reporting on them. (Peoples World)

PIPELINES: The owners of the pipeline that ruptured suspending gasoline shipments to the Southeast U.S. once had regulators’ OK, but not the financing, to build an extra line. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

CLIMATE: A retiring ecology professor at the University of Georgia who championed climate action implores well-wishers to “get our elected officials in line with reality.” (Athens Banner-Herald)

COMMENTARY
Appalachian Power withdrew a solar application before regulators in Virginia because it wants to block the market for systems financed by third-party agreements. (Power to the People VA blog)
Don’t be fooled by the utility-backed Amendment 1 on Florida’s ballot Nov. 8. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The Clean Power Plan to be heard in federal court on Tuesday is a win for Virginia consumers. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Why opponents of proposed pipelines in Virginia shouldn’t count on federal regulators to block them. (Roanoke Times)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest about a solar project saving more than $500,000 in energy costs is in Carroll County, Maryland, not Virginia.

 

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