Daily Digest

North Carolina mom leads mothers’ march on Washington for better air quality

CLIMATE:
• A North Carolina mom helped lead a mothers’ march on Washington to urge Congress to improve air quality by reducing power plant and auto emissions. (McClatchy Newspapers)
• The Pope’s encyclical is likely to transform investment policies of religious institutions across America. (The Nation)
• The Clean Power Plan will survive even if a Republican is elected the next President, the head of the EPA asserted. (The Guardian)
• The head of the EPA said the Supreme Court’s mercury and air toxics ruling will not affect the agency’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)

POWER CAPACITY: The West Virginia PSC ordered Appalachian Power to maintain a recently closed, coal-fired, power plant so it could be converted to natural gas. (The Charleston Gazette)

SOLAR:
• Some Florida mayors take issue with the state’s municipal league’s opposition to a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution enabling consumer solar choice. (Palm Beach Post)
Obama’s new plan aims to help renters’ access to solar and triple capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems on federal housing by 2020. (The New York Times)
• Target’s plan to power its stores with 100 megawatts of solar energy by 2016 includes eight stores in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

WIND: Duke Energy said it expects to buy a 50 percent share of a large wind farm in Texas. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Jacksonville electric utility is expanding its network of charging stations and has received requests from 30 organizations. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

POLITICS:  A panel of conservatives at a Washington seminar agreed Republicans are damaging themselves by surrendering the issue of climate change to Democrats. (ClimateWire)

COAL:
• West Virginia’s U.S. Senators and others introduced a bill Tuesday to protect miner’s pensions and health benefits by shifting money from reclaiming abandoned mines. (Wheeling News-Register)
• The mountaintop removal of coal from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia has dropped 62 percent over the last six years. (The Hill)
• The parent company of Tampa Electric disclosed that an agreement to sell its unregulated coal business has expired. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

GULF OIL LEAK: A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Taylor Energy over a decade-old oil leak. (Gulfport Sun Herald, Mississippi)

BP OIL SPILL SETTLEMENT:
Sarasota County, Florida is to receive $14.2 million as its share of the settlement announced last week. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Dothan, Alabama is to receive about $676,000 as its share of the settlement. (Dothan Eagle)

PIPELINES: The federal government has asked a judge to approve a consent decree between Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill from the Pegasus Pipeline. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
Alabama Power is falling behind as other Southern utilities invest in solar. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)
• The PBS News Hour brought some much needed attention to the vulnerability of Charleston, South Carolina to rising sea levels. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)

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