Daily Digest

North Carolina groups step up pressure on coal ash

POLLUTION:
• The Senate is expected to vote today on whether to repeal a federal stream protection rules. (Associated Press)
• How Republicans are using the Congressional Review Act to undo the regulation. (Quartz)

OIL AND GAS: The House also voted yesterday to repeal an SEC rule requiring oil and gas companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. (Wall Street Journal)

COAL ASH:
• A trial alleging a TVA coal ash facility polluted a nearby river is expected to wrap up today. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups in North Carolina seek tougher measures to recycle coal ash and prevent water pollution. (WRAL)

COAL:
• The president of the TVA explains how coal could play a larger role in the utility’s energy mix. (E&E News)
• An Alabama nonprofit receives a federal grant to study strategies on developing an advanced energy economy in coal communities. (AL.com)

SOLAR: Virginia regulators approve a 20 MW solar project that uses a mix of state and private funding. (Fauquier Times)

UTILITIES:
• Virginia lawmakers advance a bill that would make it easier for utilities to recover costs from burying power lines. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Environmental groups are suing to prevent the TVA from tapping an aquifer to cool a gas-fired power plant. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

PIPELINES:
• A proposal to repurpose a Tennessee pipeline is delayed because of a lack of a quorum at FERC. (Advocate-Messenger)
• A protest movement against the Sabal Trail pipeline is growing in Florida. (Public News Service)
• Georgia lawmakers say they’re “not in a hurry” as they develop tougher eminent domain rules for pipelines. (WABE)

EFFICIENCY: The first of four net-zero homes is completed in a development near Chattanooga. (Times Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A North Carolina Republican says a wind farm targeted by his legislative colleagues has been a “windfall of economic development.” (Outer Banks Voice)
• Three reasons why coal will never be “great again.” (Motley Fool)
• A Virginia bill to promote pumped hydro development is “one ray of sunshine for the coalfields.” (Roanoke Times)

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