Daily Digest

Florida utilities near signature milestone for anti-solar amendment

SOLAR: A proposed Constitutional amendment in Florida backed by utilities is closing in on the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. (Orlando Sentinel)

WIND:
• The Federal Aviation Administration signals a 25-turbine wind system proposed in western Virginia poses risks to aircraft. (The Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia company provides early details of a wind system for the TVA which would be the largest in Tennessee to date. (reNews)
• Construction begins on a wind system designed to supply power to the Arkansas Electric Cooperative under a long-term purchase agreement. (The Oklahoman)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Tennessee county assesses how it can burn garbage to generate electricity as a landfill nears capacity. (Murfreesboro Post)

RENEWABLES: A Virginia-based contractor awards a 30-year contract to supply wind- and solar-generated electricity for the Defense Logistics Agency. (GovCon Wire)

ENERGY STORAGE: Kentucky opts to shut down a battery manufacturing research and development center. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

POLITICS: Wealthy donors such as Jay Faison of North Carolina face an increasingly steep uphill battle trying to persuade GOP candidates to combat climate change. (National Journal)

CLIMATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a $150,000 grant to help North Carolina high school teachers add more climate change material to their curricula. (Washington Free Beacon)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The transmission coordinator serving parts of Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana eyes lower cost compliance options. (Platts)

COAL:
• A West Virginia man is killed at a mine owned by Mepco on the state’s border with Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• The federal government is objecting to a plan by Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources to pay more than $11 million in executive bonuses as it reorganizes in bankruptcy court. (The Hill)
• Duke Energy would not violate stormwater runoff regulations at a coal-fired power plant even if pollutants exceed maximum-permitted levels. (Asheville Citizen Times)
• A PBS documentary set to air next Tuesday chronicles the hurdles coal miners in West Virginia faced trying to unionize fellow workers. (Counter Punch)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina regulator threatens “unilateral action without EPA anymore” in managing the state’s massive coal ash disposal program. (WUNC Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Kure Beach, North Carolina is the latest town voting to oppose seismic testing off the state’s coast. (Wilmington StarNews)
• A public forum in North Carolina debates the pros and cons of drilling off the state’s coast. (WNCN)

POLLUTION: President Obama vetoes Congress’ bid to repeal a law protecting small bodies of water at risk from coal mining and other operations. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: Foes rally for the repeal of a Virginia law allowing surveys of private land for possible pipeline routes. (The News & Advance)

COMMENTARY:
• The Virginia General Assembly opens with stark choices about climate change. (Power for the People VA blog)
Free-market natural gas beats wind and solar mandates. (Savannah Morning News)
• A Virginia lawmaker states the case for legislation that would enable community solar systems. (Alexandria Patch)
• An editorial defends a North Carolina county’s decision to block the disposal of coal ash in a landfill designed for construction debris. (Greenville News)

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