Daily Digest

More Florida towns, counties vote to ban fracking

FRACKING:  The tally of Florida jurisdictions supporting a ban a fracking within their boundaries reaches 57. (Orlando Weekly)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A new study challenges an industry estimate of jobs to be created by opening the Southeast coast to oil and gas drilling. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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SOLAR:
• Woodland, North Carolina defends its rejection of a solar farm after it was mocked on social media. (Miami Herald)
• Corning in North Carolina enters into a 25-year power purchase agreement with a unit of Duke Energy. (Solar Novus Today)
Five breweries in North Carolina are honored for plugging into solar power. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The rush to replace coal with natural gas instead of renewables and nuclear to generate electricity may be undermining a lower carbon future. (Nashville Public Radio)

COAL:
• Some analysts see divestment and other financial pressures as the last straws in coal’s decline. (SNL)
“Reclaim Appalachia” aims to address social and economic challenges brought on by coal’s decline. (West Virginia Public Radio)

COAL ASH: The number of communities challenging Dominion Virgina Power’s  disposal plans continues to grow. (The Free Lance-Star)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS:
• The dismissal of the CEO who led the company preparing to open a closely-watched LNG export terminal in Louisiana spotlights the turmoil brought on by low oil and gas prices. (The New York Times)
• The CEO of a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export terminal in Louisiana defends its long-term strategy amid a growing global glut of the fuel. (SNL)

NUCLEAR: By one accounting, Georgia Power’s share of of the two reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle has risen to $9.5 billion, but its largest owner disputes that figure. (SNL)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The Virginia Municipal League lauds six counties for reducing energy usage and promoting sustainability. (The Daily Progress)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Piedmont Natural gas is to receive a $14 million severance after Duke Energy acquires it next year. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS: A Florida county gets its first public refueling station while selling a one-gallon equivalent for $2.48. (The Gainesville Sun)

COMMENTARY:
• Floridians deserve easier and market-driven access to rooftop solar. (Miami Herald)
• Rising sea levels are a seige on Miami and south Florida. (The New Yorker)

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