Daily Digest

Pipeline opponents set multi-state protest for Tuesday

PIPELINES:
• Opponents set multi-state protest for Tuesday against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
• A song written and performed by a Middleburg, Virginia couple has become a call-to-arms against Dominion Resources and the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The Washington Post)

NUCLEAR: The TVA has formally requested a license to begin operating its nearly completed Watts Bar 2 reactor. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

SOLAR: A draft environmental assessment of a proposed power purchase agreement for an 80-megawatt solar farm near Florence, Alabama proposed by the TVA is open for public comment. (Alabama Media Group)

WAVE ENERGY: Four engineers from Virginia Tech beat 72 other teams to win a place in the federal government’s Wave Energy competition. (Virginia Pubic Radio)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The legal attack on the plan could resemble tactics used by immigration opponents alleging overreach by the President. (Miami Herald)
• Opponents’ hopes may hinge on the consolidation of the lawsuit filed last week with an earlier lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Greenwire)
• The two years added in the final plan to reach emissions targets could smooth the transition to higher electric rates needed to support capital investments, analysts say. (ClimateWire)
• The final plan reflects a more regional approach and how power grids operate across state lines. (InsideClimate News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The number and diversity of groups opposed to drilling off the southern Atlantic coast is growing. (The Institute for Southern Studies blog)

TENNESSEE: As federal funding dries up, the Volunteer State is debating a possible increase in its gasoline tax. (The Hill)

CAROLINAS: Duke Energy Progress will announce a planned route for a 40-plus mile high-voltage line from Campobello South Carolina to Asheville, North Carolina in October. (Charlotte Business Journal)

LOUISIANA: State budget projections do not account for the current oil price decline. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

OIL TRADING: Hoping to feed Gulf Coast refineries with heavier-grade crude, the Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

EMISSIONS: The EPA has announced tighter standards for the nation’s garbage landfills to reduce emissions of methane and other harmful air pollutants. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A coalition of community groups in North Carolina is stepping up its fight to block the disposal of Duke Energy’s coal ash in clay mines. (Greensboro News & Record)

LIFE BEYOND COAL: An Arkansas school district plots how to fund its operations now that a nearby coal-fired power plant — a major local taxpayer — is set to shut down. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Appalachian Power’s plan to build solar and wind energy systems is a “watershed” moment for the region. (The Roanoke Times)
Florida utilities’ influence on nuclear and solar power issues overrides ratepayer interests. (Tampa Bay Times)
The Clean Power Plan can mean smarter energy decisions for Virginia. (The Roanoke Times)

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