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Judge rejects 8th grader’s climate lawsuit

CLIMATE:
• President Obama faces tall hurdles persuading Congress to authorize the research and development needed to fuel U.S. pledges at the Paris climate talks, which began today. (National Journal)
West Virginia’s attorney general wants world leaders to know the U.S. pledge to reduce carbon emissions is drawing strong opposition at home. (The Hill)
• A judge rejects a North Carolina 8th grader’s lawsuit against the state seeking stiffer rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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SOLAR:
Google signs up for a Duke Energy program to supply power from solar and other renewable sources. (Triad Business Journal)
• A North Carolina environmental group calls on regulators to reject Duke Energy’s $1,000-a-day fine for a solar system it’s financing for a church. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Florida’s Attorney General asks the state’s Supreme Court to review a proposed constitutional amendment backed by utilities that would outlaw third-party solar sales. (Saint Peters Blog)
• The solar co-op movement takes aim at Virginia’s capital city and home to the state’s largest utility. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

HYDROPOWER: The federal government grants Duke Energy a license to manage a portion of the Catawba River in North Carolina where it operates 13 hydroelectric plants. (Charlotte Observer)

WIND:
• Federal regulators take the first steps toward leasing areas off South Carolina’s coast for commercial wind farm development. (SNL Energy)
• A North Carolina coastal town council is set to debate offshore wind Tuesday. (The Island Gazette)
• An wind turbine manufacturing center in South Carolina owned by GE could be a major beneficiary of wind energy development off the state’s coast. (South Carolina Statehouse Report)

CLEAN ENERGY FINANCING: The first study of homes sold with property assessed clean energy financing (PACE) finds it at least covers the cost of those improvements and possibly more. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: Environmental activists rally in Georgia against proposed pipelines in conjunction with the Paris climate talks. (Savannah Morning News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The battle over authorizing oil exploration off North Carolina’s coastline escalates. (Wilmington StarNews)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators approve a water discharge permit for two new reactors planned at Plant Vogtle. (Automotive Business Review)

OIL & GAS:
Chevron is set to lay off 350 workers as it prepares to sell interests in shallow Gulf of Mexico drilling prospects. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Florida-based NextEra Energy sells two natural gas-fired power plants in Texas. (Bloomberg)

FRACKING:
• An EPA advisory board says a draft report on fracking doesn’t support the conclusion that it hasn’t caused significant damage to water supplies. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Florida counties oppose a push by lawmakers that would short-circuit their ability to regulate or ban fracking. (Tallahasse Democrat)
• An industry database of chemicals used in fracking is disclosing a lot less than it set out to share when launched in 2011. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES:  An electric co-op in Georgia will issue the largest refund to members in its 79-year history. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COAL: A coal miner’s museum is set to open soon in Rocky Top, Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• If state regulators fail to act, the EPA should take over protecting North Carolina’s environment. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• It’s time to face reality: killing pollution controls won’t restore the coal industry to health. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Wind turbines – not drilling rigs – make more sense for harvesting energy offshore South Carolina. (Charleston Post and Courier)

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