Daily Digest

Mississippi utility faces another credit downgrade from ‘clean coal’ plant

COAL: A Mississippi utility faces another downgrade of its credit rating due to the “declining competitiveness” of the Kemper “clean coal” plant. (Biloxi Sun Herald)

ALSO: Santee Cooper begins demolition of a South Carolina coal plant that was shut down in 2012. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH:
• A top North Carolina environmental official who led the state’s coal ash response has been dismissed. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• Citizens in a Georgia county raise concerns about plans to bring 10,000 tons of coal ash to a local landfill. (WTVM)

PIPELINES:
• A judge grants developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permission to survey 29 properties without the owners’ permission. (News & Advance)
• Dominion Resources doesn’t expect the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to be delayed by the lack of a quorum at FERC. (New Virginian)
• FERC issues an order delegating some pipeline authority to staff before losing its quorum. (RTO Insider)

FRACKING:
• Virginia lawmakers advance a bill that would exempt some fracking chemicals from public disclosure. (Associated Press)
• Gas industry lobbyists are pushing two new proposals in the West Virginia legislature. (MetroNews)

OVERSIGHT: What Jeff Sessions’ congressional record says about how he’d enforce environmental laws as attorney general. (Bloomberg BNA)

SOLAR:
• The owner of a Florida moving and storage company is a vocal proponent of solar power. (Naples Daily News)
• Officials in a South Carolina county advance an ordinance placing tougher restrictions on solar farms. (Hartsville Messenger)

NUCLEAR: A federal safety review finds no issues with plans for a new Virginia reactor. (Daily Energy Insider)

TRANSPORTATION: A Georgia highway is becoming a laboratory for more sustainable transportation. (Curbed)

GRID: Officials in Gatlinburg, Tennessee study whether buried power lines helped limit the spread of recent wildfires. (WKRN)

EFFICIENCY: A Virginia company is awarded a $700,000 performance bonus for helping Hawaii meet efficiency targets. (Pacific Business News)

UTILITIES: The parent company of Dominion Virginia Power is changing its name from Dominion Resources to Dominion Energy. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• “Clearly, market trends run counter” to a Florida utility’s pursuit of two new nuclear reactors. (Miami Community Newspapers)
• “Republicans made trashing the planet in defense of a dying industry their first priority.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A North Carolina newspaper decries “lies and irrational claims” about the Southeast’s largest wind farm. (Elizabeth City Daily Advance)
• The Fayetteville Observer says North Carolina shouldn’t turn its back on solar.

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