Daily Digest

States look to mitigate climate change more on their own

NOTE TO READERS: Southeast Energy News is taking a break for Thanksgiving. The daily digest will return on Monday, November 28.

CLIMATE:
• With Donald Trump’s election, Virginia is among states girding to rely more on their own mitigation efforts. (Center for Public Integrity)
• Experts outline possible consequences for Louisiana’s coast if President-elect Trump pulls back on mitigation efforts. (Louisiana Weekly)

SOLAR:
• How North Carolina co-ops help drive the energy future. (Southeast Energy News)
• Reactions in North Carolina to Duke Energy’s plan to change how solar is built and paid for vary from cautious to outright rejection. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A Georgia county commission amends its zoning law to regulate solar systems. (Albany Herald)

COAL ASH: A dispute over water standards delays a vote on North Carolina’s coal ash rules. (Southeast Energy News)

POLICY: A previous secretary of natural resources in Virginia takes over President-elect Trump’s transition team to organize the Dept. of Interior. (Greenwire)

FRACKING: Drilling opponents hope for stricter regulations from Georgia lawmakers during their next session. (Bloomberg BNA)

POLITICS: In the yet-to-be decided race in North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory claims voter fraud derailed his reelection in favor of Attorney General Roy Cooper. (POLITICO)

PIPELINES:
• Activists recount how they defeated the Palmetto Pipeline designed to transmit gasoline through Georgia and South Carolina to Florida. (Corporate Crime Reporter)
• After approval by a zoning board, a showdown over a planned compressor station in Central Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shifts to a county’s Board of Supervisors. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Opponents and developers alike await a press conference set for today by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry about two proposed compressor stations. (WKRN)
• The first segment of a gas pipeline in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is a step closer to completion. (Herald-Mail Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Scientists at the University of Central Florida develop a process that could revolutionize batteries for electric vehicles. (Phys.org)

COAL:
• Alpha Natural Resources reveals $100 million in “unaccounted for obligations” that risk the reclamation of hundreds of mines across West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Former miners in Eastern Kentucky face the choice of leaving the region or retraining to find new jobs. (Stateline)

COMMENTARY:
• New national water standards strengthen the case for the retirement of a Georgia Power coal plant. (Southern Environmental Law Center) (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• The defeat of Florida’s solar Amendment 1 illustrates the power of grassroots media along with mainstream outlets. (Clean Technica)
• To minimize the impact of rising sea levels on the Norfolk-Virginia Beach region, it is critical to integrate planning by federal, state and local governments. (Virginian-Pilot)

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