Daily Digest

Georgia utility’s ‘green’ bond offering is a first in the U.S.

UTILITIES: Georgia Power is the first major retail electric utility in the U.S. to offer “green” bonds aimed at supporting renewable energy and lowering customer rates. (Renewable Energy from Waste)

CLIMATE: This week’s presidential debates spotlight myriad threats posed by rising sea levels in Florida. (The Washington Post / Palm Beach Post)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla is headed for a showdown with Virginia auto dealers over the number of its showrooms in the state. (Fortune)

STORAGE: Duke Energy is trying a novel strategy to capture and deploy energy stored from solar systems. (MIT Technology Review)

COAL ASH:
• Some North Carolina residents are questioning the state’s lifting of a ban on drinking water near coal ash ponds. (WTVD-TV / WLOS-TV)
• Residents in two North Carolina counties want Duke Energy to speed up disposal of coal ash. (Fayetteville Observer)

OIL & GAS: Kentucky and in-state oil companies move to block radioactive drilling waste from out-of-state companies. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Gulf coast lawmakers step up pressure on President Obama to share drilling revenues. (E&E Daily)
Activists in South Carolina hope it will be excluded from decision expected soon from the federal government. (Coastal Observer)

PIPELINES: Historical sites in Virginia could offer opponents fresh ammunition in fighting the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. (WSLS-TV)

EFFICIENCY: A renovated city utility building in Wilmington, North Carolina sprouts a green roof along with energy efficiency upgrades. (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
• The Florida Supreme Court should reject utilities’ proposed Constitutional amendment as “deceptive” about solar. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Despite agreement, Dominion Virginia Power’s coal ash problems are far from over (The Washington Post)
• The TVA and Georgia Power are under-achieving on energy-saving options for ratepayers despite huge potential. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Five factors in determining the success of a community solar system. (Utility Dive)

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