Daily Digest

In South Carolina, ‘there’s no going back’ on solar

CLIMATE: How incentives in the markets for insurance in Florida and elsewhere can help regions adapt more quickly to climate change risks. (New York Times)

SOLAR:
• A push to waive property taxes on solar purchases that failed in South Carolina leaves backers feeling frustrated but not defeated. (Charleston Regional Business Journal)
North Carolina ranks 5th, Virginia 39th in the latest national survey of installed solar systems. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Florida Power & Light touts development of solar farms because “they’re clean and plants like these benefit our customers … keeping their bills low.” (Alachua County Today)
• A primer on the first of two Constitutional amendments in Florida, this one waiving property taxes for qualifying systems. (Palm Beach Post)

COAL ASH: Workers at the cleanup of Tennessee’s massive coal ash spill in 2008 deal with health effects they weren’t warned about. (Center for Public Integrity / The Daily Beast)

COAL: A West Virginia town struggles to cut its municipal budget as coal tax revenues decline. (WVVA)

UTILITIES: Municipalities in Kentucky prepare for the option to shop for wholesale power supplies. (The State Journal)

FRACKING: West Virginia University researchers identify a drilling technique that reduces toxic waste below federal guidelines. (The Dominion Post)

PIPELINES: An economic development group representing two Kentucky counties opposes the proposed reversal of a natural gas pipeline. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

POLITICS: Conservative groups are pushing back against the Republican party’s denial of climate change. (The Guardian)

COMMENTARY:
• How a big coal blunder gave Mississippi a shot at cleaner air. (Yes Magazine)
• The EPA was right to reject the disposal of coal-mine discharges in West Virginia. (Courthouse News Service)
• Demands of environmental and social justice activists in Virginia deserve scrutiny. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup law falls short of ideal. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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