Daily Digest

Despite political opposition, North Carolina wind farm ‘days away’ from operation

WIND: Despite efforts by Republican lawmakers to kill the project, a new wind farm in North Carolina is “days away” from operation. (Triad Business Journal)

POLITICS:
• Republican-backed clean energy bills make their way through the Virginia legislature: “No conservative should ever be disappointed to call themselves a conservationist,” says one sponsor. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The nomination of a South Carolina congressman to direct the Office of Management and Budget raises concerns about the future of the ARPA-E research program. (Greenwire)

CLIMATE:
• Scientists warn President Trump’s “Winter White House” in Florida is vulnerable to rising sea levels. (Sun-Sentinel)
• The Republican narrative on climate change shifts to acknowledging rising temperatures but downplaying the role of human-caused emissions. (New York Times)

SOLAR: Utilities continue to embrace clean energy as President Trump pushes for coal. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• Virginia lawmakers advance a bill that would require utilities to study recycling or relocating ash before closing impoundments. (Virginian-Pilot)
• A Tennessee man says the TVA failed to note there is no state standard for hexavalent chromium, a chemical found in coal ash, when it told him his well met existing safety standards. (NewsChannel 5)
• Georgia researchers find toxins from fly ash accumulate in the livers of raccoons. (Athens Banner-Herald)
• Georgia lawmakers plan to introduce bills to make it harder to bury coal ash in landfills. (Florida Times-Union)

POLLUTION: A Kentucky advocate says that in voting to repeal the federal Stream Protection Rule, “Congress chose politics over what is needed in our backyards.” (WKMS)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators approve a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline between West Virginia and Michigan. (Associated Press)

GEOTHERMAL: Virginia advocates study the different approaches North and South Carolina took on tax credits as they consider incentives for geothermal systems. (Southeast Energy News)

EPA: Four Southeast congressmen are co-sponsors on a bill to eliminate the EPA. (WMGT)

NUCLEAR: A federal judge rejects a challenge to nuclear waste shipments from Canada to South Carolina. (Carolina Public Press)

BIOENERGY: A TVA plant near Memphis will use biogas from sewage treatment to add to its electricity mix. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

HYDRO: A Maryland company buys four North Carolina hydroelectric plants totaling 215 MW from Alcoa Corporation. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• “Some might say that making it easier to poison their water and air is an odd way to protect coal families and communities.” (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Why North Carolina should still care about the Stream Protection Rule even if coal mines are closed. (N.C. Policy Watch)

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