Daily Digest

Florida solar amendment campaigns trade endorsements

SOLAR:
• The Florida restaurant and lodging industry trade group joined other business groups in support of the proposed solar choice constitutional amendment on the state’s 2016 election ballot. (Saint Peters Blog)
• Opponents of the proposed solar choice constitutional amendment announced support  for their competing proposal from three groups. (Saint Peters Blog)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Led by West Virginia’s Attorney General, 16 states have formally requested that the EPA suspend the Clean Power Plan until legal actions against it run their course. (The Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• An enticement in the plan to earn extra credits for faster deployment of renewables and energy efficiency could reduce opposition to it from states heavily dependent on coal-fired power. (InsideClimate News)
• A bill that would invalidate the Clean Power Plan Wednesday passed a Senate committee but remains a long shot. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Here are the Clean Power Plan’s emissions targets for several states in the Southeast U.S. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)

WIND:
• Three South Carolina colleges have received $1.5 million in federal and state grants to study wind energy off the state’s coast. (WMBF, Myrtle Beach)
• A battle of the annexation of property in Arkansas could determine the fate of the state’s first wind energy system. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy is trying to dismiss a lawsuit calling for coal ash from one of its North Carolina power plants to be disposed of in a lined landfill. (Winston-Salem Journal)

COAL EXPORTS: Coal exports from terminals in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region in July were down 13.4% from June and 42.6% lower than the year-ago month. (Platts)

WEST VIRGINIA: Most in-state media are reacting predictably to the Clean Power Plan but ignore market shifts away from coal. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators approved Duke Energy’s plan to build two fast-starting natural gas turbines near Wilmington. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CLIMATE: A dispute between two environmental scientists is creating a controversy over how much methane is leaking from natural gas production and is contributing to global warming. (InsideClimate News)

VIRGINIA: State and local officials today are slated to formally break ground on a controversial 778-megawatt, natural-gas fired, power plant in northern Virginia owned by Panda Power Funds of Dallas. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A Georgia Public Service Commissioner offers three reasons why the Clean Power Plan is bad for the state and the U.S. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
The Clean Power Plan promotes the health of people and the planet. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• A West Virginia newspaper says the Clean Power Plan is a “power grab” that state leaders should oppose. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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