Daily Digest

Kentucky effort to regulate fracking waste hits a snag

FRACKING: A group developing Kentucky’s first rules for managing radioactive fracking waste is divided over key details. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

NUCLEAR: A citizens’ coalition steps up efforts to block development of a reactor in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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WIND: Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, launches a bid to scrap the “wasteful” production tax credit in favor of boosting basic energy research. (The Chattanoogan)

NATURAL GAS: Boosted largely by exports of liquefied natural gas from ports in Louisiana, the U.S. is projected to become a net gas exporter by the second half of 2017. (Platts)

COAL ASH: Efforts to address protests about storing ash in a Georgia landfill encounter turbulence. (National Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: Slow progress is being made to upgrade or replace rupture-prone rail cars used for transporting oil. (Associated Press)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Lynchburg College in Virginia cashes in $340,000 of energy credits from its share of a landfill gas project. (WSET)

GENERATION: Green groups sue the PJM Interconnection over capacity rules. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Production of Appalachian coal is forecast to decline significantly with, or without, implementation of the Clean Power Plan. (Kentucky Forward / Louisville Courier-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The University of Georgia receives $10 million to purchase 19 electric buses. (Mass Transit)

BIOMASS: Researchers in Tennessee, North Carolina and elsewhere identify the potential to boost electric power from an expanded array of biomass sources. (Phys.org)

UTILITIES:
Duke Energy consolidates renewables and distributed energy development after the departure of a senior executive. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• The unveiling of Alabama Power’s new logo symbolizes the company is “no longer only in the electricity business.” (Alabama Media Group)

CLEAN TECH: A popular site-selection ranking spotlights the clean tech and other sustainability features promoted by North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (Site Selection Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of Duke Energy in North Carolina says non-profits are blocking “real” energy solutions and a non-profit leader there responds. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Coal ash dumps in rural communities in Georgia and elsewhere are not heavily regulated. (The Rural Blog)
• A newspaper calls for a “critical and transparent” review of fracking regulations in Virginia. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

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