Daily Digest

Survey finds North Carolina solar market cooling off

SOLAR:
• A new market survey reveals a slowdown in North Carolina solar construction relative to other states. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Projects planned in a South Carolina county will more than double the state’s solar capacity. (Post and Courier)

TRANSMISSION: Arkansas’ congressional delegation urges Energy Secretary Rick Perry to reverse an Obama administration decision authorizing a wind energy transmission line through the state. (KASU)

WIND: Six companies remain in the running to bid on a North Carolina offshore wind lease. (Triangle Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• In a unanimous vote, a Florida Senate committee advances a bill to ban fracking in the state. (Miami Herald)
• How a Louisiana export terminal is helping the U.S. meet short-term natural gas needs in a global market. (Bloomberg)
• The Florida Senate president says he is committed to getting $300 million in settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill for affected communities in northwest Florida. (SaintPetersBlog)

COAL:
• West Virginia senators approved to dismantle the wage-bonding requirement for certain industries, including coal and natural gas, which covers workers’ wages and benefits if the business closes. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)
• A Kentucky bill would set aside $7.5 million a year to help diversify the state’s coal communities. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Despite the continued decline of the coal sector, other areas of West Virginia’s economy are growing. (West Virginia Record)

NUCLEAR: Even though Kentucky is close to lifting a moratorium on nuclear waste storage in the state, “lifting the moratorium is not going to bring nuclear to Kentucky.” (WUKY)

UTILITIES:
• A Florida utility wants to pay the salary of a county employee that oversees its permits. (Miami New Times)
• A Florida bill would change the way members of the state’s Public Service Commission are appointed. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Two FirstEnergy subsidiaries plan to buy a natural gas coal plant to meet shortfalls in their West Virginia territory. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• A South Carolina newspaper argues in favor of a bill offering tax breaks for farmers to host solar arrays. (Post and Courier)
• Why Kentucky’s existing net metering policy is good for ratepayers. (Frankfort State Journal)
• “It is dangerous to imply that removing science-based environmental protections will bring back jobs.” (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• The Obama administration had a plan to save coal country. (Politico)

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