Daily Digest

In Florida, more candidates from both parties talking about climate

CLIMATE:
• More candidates in Florida – Republicans and Democrats – are touting their ideas for mitigating climate change. (The Hill)
• A group of citizens concerned about climate change are touring four Southeastern states to make the case for market-based responses. (Alabama Media Group)

NUCLEAR:  The TVA says its Bellefonte plant in Alabama will be sold during a live auction Nov. 14. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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SOLAR:
• South Carolina regulators approve the region’s first “shared” solar program aimed at low-income customers. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
• A tally in South Carolina finds there are at least 830 solar systems in the state producing a total of more than 5 megawatts of energy. (Statehouse Report)
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia completes its first two homes equipped with rooftop systems. (Connection Newspapers)
Orange County, Florida works with two non-profits to launch a bulk-purchasing co-op. (The Apopka Voice)
• More than 270 Georgians sign up to have their homes assessed for rooftop systems. (Marietta Daily Journal)
• Stakeholders set a meeting in Naples, Florida Tuesday night to combat passage of Amendment 1. (Cape-Coral Daily-Breeze)

COAL ASH:
• Duke Energy acknowledges some ash escaped from an inactive storage basin at its Lee power plant in North Carolina as an environmental group challenges its safety inspections. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Regulators in Virginia direct Dominion to step up monitoring of groundwater at a large coal ash pond near the Potomac River. (Inside NoVA)

PIPELINES:
• Residents in a poor community along Alabama’s Gulf coast have been complaining of nausea, nosebleeds and vomiting after leaks from a natural gas pipeline eight years ago. (Los Angeles Times) 
• Citizens in Buckingham County, Virginia speak out against a large compressor station that would help push natural gas through the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Augusta Free Press)
• The Sierra Club in Florida spearheads a rally against the Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)

EFFICIENCY: A new national survey finds low-income households in Memphis, New Orleans and Birmingham pay proportionately more for energy than the average U.S. household. (Memphis Flyer)

COAL:
• Alpha Natural Resources sells two properties in Kentucky. (Associated Press)
• Georgia Power delays demolition of the seventh tallest smokestack in the world due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. (Union Recorder)

COMMENTARY:
• Here is the corporate cash behind Florida’s solar Amendment 1 ballot measure. (Facing South)
Louisiana’s disappearing coastline should compel new maps of land mass in the state. (Business Insider)
Fracking should have no role in Virginia’s energy future. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
• The owner of a TV station in North Carolina urges voters to back candidates who will act for renewable energy and repeal a law limiting environmental action. (WRAL)

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