Daily Digest

Obama to announce boost for solar in low-income housing

SOLAR: President Obama today is to announce 260 projects from the private sector and state and local governments aimed at expanding solar in low- and moderate-income communities. (The Hill)

POLITICS: Among recent efforts to push Republican presidential aspirants to moderate their climate stances, Charlotte’s Jay Faison has contributed $100,000 to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Super PAC and $50,000 to the Super PAC of Jeb Bush. (Politico)

COAL ASH:
• Dominion Virginia Power is consolidating disposal of its coal ash with no public notice nor a long-term plan approved by the state. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)
Environmental groups oppose Duke Energy’s bid to “recycle” coal ash  asserting it should be handled more carefully due to its toxicity. (Greensboro News & Record)

UTILITIES:
Appalachian Power expects to be short of generating capacity in 2020 when a new PJM Interconnection rule takes effect. (Platts)
Dominion Virginia Power questions solar, praises coal and decries carbon rules in a resource plan filing. (Utility Dive)

BP OIL SPILL:
• Tulane University legal experts are set to answer questions online about the spill at Noon ET today. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• Fifty-six percent of claims by Louisiana businesses preceding the BP settlement announced last week have been paid out, totaling $5.2 billion. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• A court filing Monday details how Louisiana will spend its $6.8 billion share of the settlement. (Houma Today)

COAL: A new combined-cycle natural gas-fueled power plant in Louisville will produce 14 percent more electricity than the coal-fired plant it replaced. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

NUCLEAR: By one estimate, there are 55 nuclear start-ups with $1.6 billion in funding striving to develop new nuclear power technologies. (Fortune)

PIPELINES: Spectra Energy said it will restart its main natural gas transmission line near Little Rock, Arkansas after a parallel backup pipeline ruptured May 31. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A new web-based mapping tool by the EPA assesses health disparities close to power plants and other industrial projects. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy blog)

COMMENTARY:
• How to get conservatives to act on climate change: attack and embarrass them. (Grist)
• A carbon tax would aid the economy and the environment. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• Last week’s Supreme Court decision remanding the EPA’s mercury rule could be a lifeline for the coal industry. (Wall Street Daily)

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