Daily Digest

Kentucky governor calls on Trump to abolish the EPA

ELECTION:
• Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin urges President-elect Trump to abolish the U.S. EPA. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
 North Carolina conservative philanthropist Jay Faison could be the lone voice for cleaner energy during the transition for President-elect Trump. (Washington Examiner)

UTILITIES:
• Despite a drop in power sales and rates, the TVA reports the highest level of annual earnings in its 83-year history. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A member utility of the TVA stumbles deploying time-of-use rates for residences and small businesses. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
Duke Energy Progress proposes to build a microgrid with a small solar-plus-storage system to serve a remote communications tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• The gas utility serving Roanoke, Virginia completes a 25-year pipeline renewal program. (Press Release)

PIPELINES: President-elect Trump is expected to speed approval of interstate pipelines. (EnergyWire)

SOLAR:
• The third largest solar installer in North Carolina agrees to be acquired by a California renewable energy company. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A North Carolina developer proposes to build the second largest solar farm in a south-central Virginia county. (SoVaNow.com)

NUCLEAR:
• The Deptartment of Energy agrees to sell depleted uranium to GE-Hitachi for enriching at a planned state-of-the-art facility in western Kentucky set to create about 1,000 jobs. (West Kentucky Star)
Two researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are recognized for their work on advanced reactor technology. (Press Release)
• Anti-nuclear activists protest the planned route through Asheville, North Carolina for the transport of radioactive waste from Canada to a site in South Carolina. (WJLA)

FLORIDA: A look back: How a leaked recording and appeals by celebrities galvanized opposition to the solar Amendment 1 which voters failed to approve. (Christian Science Monitor)

PIPELINE: Two outages this fall of the Colonial pipeline in Alabama underscore its role in supplying gasoline to Southeast states. (OilPrice.com)

CLIMATE:
Florida scientists appeal to President-elect Trump to acknowledge climate change is not a hoax. (WMFE)
• A NASA scientist shares updated projections of worsening sea-level rise in the Hampton Roads, Virginia region. (Daily Press)
• Even without federal leadership, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he will keep the city working to mitigate climate change. (WABE)

GRID: The operator of the regional grid that includes parts of Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee, most of Virginia and all of West Virginia recommends establishing a stakeholder process on wholesale electricity prices. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• Even under President Trump, Dominion’s gas build-out is still a bad idea. (Power for the People VA blog)
• How cynical was the utilities’ push to pass Florida’s solar Amendment 1? (Tampa Bay Times)

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