Daily Digest

Floods could threaten coal ash ponds in North Carolina

COAL ASH:
Record floods in North Carolina threaten two Duke Energy ash ponds but the utility says they are in “very good shape.” (ThinkProgress)
• Georgia Power says it’s recycling about 50 percent of its ash and will close all of its remaining ash ponds within three years. (Albany Herald)

NATURAL GAS: The developer of a Jacksonville, Florida terminal to export liquefied natural gas says it has the contracts in place to begin construction. (Marine Link)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will host a webinar/Q&A October 19 at 10 a.m. EDT featuring info and new tools designed to help communities and advocates fight coal ash threats in the Southeast. Register here.***

CLIMATE: Extreme weather and rising sea levels may be moving lawmakers towards bipartisan solutions in Florida. (FastCoExist.com)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia regulators are expected Oct. 19 to pass along $1.7 billion in cost overruns to Georgia Power customers for the construction of two reactors. (Flagpole)
• Federal regulators authorize the restart of a nuclear reactor in Florida shut down as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Matthew. (Vero Beach Press Journal)

SOLAR:
• An activist uses his solar-powered boat to urge residents along Florida’s Intracoastal waterway to vote against the state’s solar Amendment 1. (WLRN)
• One year into Duke Energy’s solar rebate in South Carolina, customers champion the savings. (GwdToday.com)
• How a tax break for Virginia farmers buying into solar could backfire. (Bacon’s Rebellion)
• A trout farmer in North Carolina cuts his energy costs with a solar system. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

COAL:
• A security analyst resumes evaluating Arch Coal for its ability to profitably supply coal from mines in Appalachia to make steel. (Platts)
• A Mississippi man challenges a water permit needed by the Kemper “clean coal” power plant. (SunHerald)
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, refuses to commit to a bill that would preserve miners’ pensions and health benefits. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A former utility executive residing in Virginia calls for closer scrutiny of federal permitting for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (NewsLeader)
Local police are caught in the middle over the rights of property owners when surveyors try to map routes for proposed pipelines. (WSLS)

EFFICIENCY: LED-bulb maker Cree confirms a “small number” of layoffs at its Durham, North Carolina headquarters. (Triangle Business Journal)

POLITICS: A non-profit assesses the North Carolina Attorney General – and Democratic nominee for governor – Roy Cooper’s record on energy. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy is lauded for its domestic capital investments for the third year in a row. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Another newspaper recommends voting against Florida’s solar Amendment 1. (Palm Beach Post)
• How is it that a coal baron can credibly run for governor of West Virginia while owing nearly $3 million in taxes, severance and mine safety penalties in six states? (Grist)

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