Daily Digest

Southern utilities are blocking cleaner power for data centers – report

UTILITIES:
• Greenpeace says Duke Energy, Dominion Virginia Power and other southern utilities are blocking data-centers’ push for cleaner power. (EnergyWire)
Duke Energy’s increase in the use of natural gas is largest among big fossil-fuel utilities. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE:
• Entergy will incorporate energy storage technology in its first solar system planned for New Orleans. (The Times-Picayune)
• Florida solar advocates praise Elon Musk’s new energy storage technology as the state’s rebate program winds down. (Orlando Sentinel)

SOLAR:
• Gov. Deal signs a law authorizing Georgia solar installers to offer third-party financing. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Laws in Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina prohibiting non-utility sales of power make no sense, asserts a new report by the MIT Energy Initiative. (Fast Company)
• Orlando’s electric utility plans to build solar energy systems on the grounds of shuttered coal-burning power plants. (Orlando Sentinel)

CLIMATE: Researchers are only scratching the surface about climate change’s impacts on the economy and children’s health. (ClimateWire)

COAL:
• West Virginia’s PSC tells Appalachian Power to justify closure of coal-fired power plants. (The Intelligencer)
Patriot Coal, with eight active coal complexes in West Virginia, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years. (Associated Press)

OIL TRAINS: The oil industry petitions for more time beyond 2020 to comply with new tank car safety requirements. (Associated Press)

BP OIL SPILL:
An attorney for claimants has asked a federal judge to delay a decision on what BP owes in fines to avoid further payment delays. (The Times-Picayune)
• Drilling is set to resume near the site of the BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
Kentucky’s Attorney General accuses Marathon Petroleum of abusing its wholesale gasoline monopoly. (WFPL Public Radio)
• Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-LA, introduces a bill to boost state royalties and open the eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling. (HoumaToday.com)

COMMENTARY: Columnist Kerry Dougherty asserts Virginia wouldn’t need tougher ethics laws if elected officials — not utilities and other businesses — had more integrity. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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