Daily Digest

Plan is set for first commercial wind farm in Virginia

WIND: A developer applies to build the first commercial wind facility in Virginia. (The Roanoke Times)

CLIMATE: A compact of four counties in Southeast Florida projects sea-level rise of at least six inches by 2030, inundating many inland areas. (Saint Peters Blog)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy developers are planning for changes when the federal investment tax credit expires at the end of 2016. (Bloomberg News)

ALTERNATIVE FUELS: Florida is slated to receive almost $16 million in federal grants to install 893 biofuel pumps at filling stations. (Palm Beach Post)

POLICY:
• Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee are part of a new green working group in the U.S. Senate. (Politico)
More Republicans are starting to take climate change seriously. (Grist)
North Carolina’s top environmental regulator is proving to be a polarizing figure. (The Raleigh News & Observer)

POLITICS: A nonprofit spotlights how the Koch brothers advance their political agenda with donations to colleges in Virginia, South Carolina and elsewhere. (Center for Public Integrity)

SOLAR: A leading nonprofit in the Southeast asks the North Carolina utility commission to ensure greater access to solar power for the state’s faith communities. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA’s integrated resource plan reflects the likely retirement of one or more reactors by 2030. (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal)
Questions loom as the Plant Vogtle project switches contractors for the third time. (Morris News Service)
Duke Energy looks to extend the license of its Brunswick reactor for as long as 60 years. (Wilmington StarNews)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: North Carolina’s refusal to develop its own plan to reach targeted emissions cuts puts it on a collision course with the U.S. EPA. (Charlotte Business Journal)

POWER GRID: A new government report warns of hacking attacks as operators expand the use of advanced monitors that depend on GPS signals. (EnergyWire)

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy plans to re-route the proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline through a mountain to avoid a salamander habitat. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• As coal fades from energy policy debates nationally, it remains front-and-center in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Cliffs Natural Resources has cut its workforce in half at two coal mines in Alabama and West Virginia. (Associated Press)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL:
• A mine operator testifies to a “code of silence” inhibiting miners from complaining about unsafe conditions. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Will the sharp and continuing criticism of mine safety regulations sway the jury in defense of coal baron Don Blankenship?  (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL & GAS: An industry lobby launches an ad campaign to promote drilling offshore South Carolina. (EIN News)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s CEO tells Piedmont Natural Gas employees “we will continue to grow.” (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy’s acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas will grow its political clout and bias for natural gas over renewable sources of power. (Facing South blog)
West Virginia needs to help residents transition to new livelihoods and meaningful work beyond coal. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Will state officials represent local concerns about two pipeline routes in Georgia? (Columbus Ledger-Inquirer)

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