Daily Digest

Florida lawmakers to vote today on ‘good enough’ solar bill

SOLAR: Florida’s state Senate is expected to vote today on legislation implementing voter-approved tax breaks for solar; industry backers say the revised bill is “good enough.” (Orlando Sentinel)

ALSO:
• A North Carolina solar installer has withdrawn its complaint against Duke Energy over interconnecting its projects, background here. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• A North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center report finds regulators in many states are reluctant to support utility efforts to restrict rooftop solar. (PV Magazine)
• The Mississippi attorney general’s office releases a consumer guide for solar, which Gov. Jim Hood calls “good for the environment, for people and for the economy.” (Mississippi Today)

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COAL ASH: An environmental attorney files a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s new coal ash regulations. (WFPL)

COAL: Tax receipts from the coal and natural gas industries in West Virginia continued to rise last month. (Roanoke Times)

POLITICS:
• Dominion Virginia Power tries to cast itself in populist terms as candidates for state office reject its campaign money. (Washington Post)
• A Florida candidate for governor spends part of the day installing rooftop solar panels, saying the state should be “the solar capital of the world.” (SaintPetersBlog)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Residents and businesses in North Carolina claimed a record $245 million in tax breaks for clean energy last year. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Appalachian Power released its Virginia resource plan earlier this week, which calls for 500 MW of solar and 1,350 MW of wind energy by 2031. (Franklin News-Post)

NUCLEAR:
• Another contractor files a lien against South Carolina utilities for work on the V.C. Summer plant, this one for $10.7 million. (Aiken Standard)
• Sen. Lindsey Graham says it’s “bad government” to not extend nuclear tax credits while two projects “are in jeopardy.” (Post and Courier)

OIL AND GAS: A group of natural gas companies forms the Louisiana Energy Export Association. (New Orleans City Business)

BIOFUELS: Boating industry groups send a letter to President Trump seeking limits on ethanol mandates. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

CLIMATE: A state government report warns that 527 Virginia historic sites are threatened by climate change. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• “West Virginia’s Legislature needs to stop focusing on the bygone days of a booming coal industry.” (Charleston Gazette Mail)
• A newspaper editorial says “even the big power companies seem to see the handwriting on the wall” on solar power. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

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