Daily Digest

Duke Energy files plans to leave coal ash in place in North Carolina

COAL ASH:
• Critics protest as Duke Energy submits plans to leave coal ash in place at six basins in North Carolina where it hasn’t already announced closure plans. (Charlotte Observer)
• Duke Energy has disposed of the first million of more than 7 million tons of coal ash in North Carolina. (StarNews Online)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A newly formed alliance representing 12,000 businesses along the Atlantic Coast arrive in Washington today to urge President Obama to stop drilling leases before he leaves office. (Southeast Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Critics say the proliferation of interstate natural gas pipelines in the Southeast and elsewhere puts ratepayers on the hook to pay for them. (Southeast Energy News)
• Opponents of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines in Virginia say their job just got a lot tougher with Donald Trump headed for the White House. (Roanoke Times)
Groups in Alabama, Florida and Georgia move to appeal the planned Sabal Trail fuel pipeline as authorities arrest protesters. (Florida Record, Gainesville Sun)

COAL:
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tamps down hopes that President-elect Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress can resurrect the coal industry. (ThinkProgress)
• Regardless of steps to be taken by President-elect Trump, cheap natural gas will continue to drive coal’s decline, experts say. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Ending the so-called “war on coal” is not expected to bring jobs back to Appalachia. (Lexington Herald-Leader / Miami Herald)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: How President-elect Trump could help kill the plan. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• With panel costs declining, anticipation grows about Florida utilities’ next moves to hinder investments in rooftop systems. (Miami Herald)
• A startup in Charlotte expands its efforts to develop loan products for residential solar projects. (Charlotte Business Journal)

WIND:
• The developer of a second large wind farm in northeast North Carolina receives a key permit and sets construction to begin in 2018. (Triangle Business Journal)
• A developer doesn’t expect new energy policies from President-elect Trump to derail its large wind farm in southwest Virginia. (The Roanoke Times)

POLICY:
• The PAC run by North Carolina’s Jay Faison spent about $4.8 million to help win 13 of the 15 races in which it endorsed candidates. (E&E Daily)
• With plausible policy changes, communities ravaged by coal’s decline can become centers for small-scale clean energy, some experts say. (The Daily Climate)

ELECTION: Voters in southwest Virginia’s coal country see President-elect Trump as their only hope. (Washington Post)

FLORIDA: What Donald Trump’s energy and environmental policies could mean for the state. (SunSentinel)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy agrees to pay $27 million to settle shareholder claims of an allegedly secret plan to oust its CEO shortly after it acquired Progress Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
South Carolina must get over any dreams of big oil riches and recognize its riches are in its natural beauty. (The Post and Courier)
• Is fracking in central Virginia worth the risks? (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
• Even under President-elect Trump, market forces should keep Georgia on a path to “green” its economy. (Savannah Morning News)
• As many other localities approved transit initiatives, the rejection by voters for a light rail system in Hampton Roads means officials need to figure out how to compete against them. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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