Daily Digest

North Carolina wind project struggling to find buyers

WIND: Iberdrola Renewables is struggling to find buyers for power to be generated by a large proposed wind farm in North Carolina. (The Daily Reflector)

SOLAR:
• A North Carolina venture fund has raised about $18 million for solar projects in the state. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A study by the University of Alabama found a proposed 80 megawatt solar farm set for northwest Alabama could create millions of dollars in economic benefits to the area. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The Clean Power Plan will spark an array of cost-competitive compliance options, says a new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute. (Fierce Energy)
• A new Public Citizen report estimates power bills in Virginia could decline slightly even under full compliance with the Clean Power Plan by Virginia utilities. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

POLITICS:
• An extension of the 30 percent solar investment tax credit beyond 2016 hangs in the balance as a Senate committee considers it and other tax incentives. (E&E Daily)
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, is among the lawmakers vowing to block U.S. compliance with any global climate pact. (ClimateWire)

CLIMATE: A new analysis led by a University of Florida scientist portends rising sea levels due to global warming much larger than previously thought. (The Washington Post)

COAL: Coal exports from terminals in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region in June were the lowest in more than six years and down by almost half from a year earlier. (Platts)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A South Carolina congressman introduced legislation that would exclude Atlantic coast waters from being leased over the next five years, countering a move by a North Carolina congressman. (The Post and Courier)
• A Florida congressman offered legislation to protect its Gulf Coast from exploration until 2026. (Southwest Florida Public Radio)

UTILITIES: The North Carolina Utilities Commission has given final approval to the sale of shares of three nuclear and two coal-fired power plants by the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to Duke Energy. (The Daily Reflector)

WEST VIRGINIA: Gov. Tomblin formed a commission to study workplace safety regulations for the oil and gas industry and recommend improvements. (Associated Press)

BP OIL SPILL SETTLEMENTS:
• The Louisiana town of Jean Lafitte rejected an undisclosed offer to settle its claim against BP. (New Orleans Times-Picayune).
Four school boards in Louisiana settled their claims for between $32 million and $9 million. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Kenner, Louisiana settled its claims for about $9.3 million. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Gretna, Louisiana settled its claims for $3.3 million. (WVUE-TV, New Orleans)
D’Iberville, Mississippi settled its claims for about $948,000. (The Sun Herald)
Pelham, Louisiana settled its claims for about $106,000. (Alabama Media Group)

COMMENTARY:
• Why would the state’s top consumer advocate and its biggest economic cheerleader want to stifle the free market and oppose solar choice for consumers? (Tampa Bay Times)
Some Republicans appear willing to talk about climate solutions, just not the science. (Memphis Democrat)

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