Daily Digest

TECO’s new chief says focus will be on ‘cleaner’ energy

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of TECO Energy’s new parent company says its Tampa-based utility will focus on the “transformation of energy towards cleaner and cleaner alternatives.” (The Tampa Tribune)
Southern Co. and Duke Energy top the latest tally of utilities and affiliated PACs contributing the most money to politicians. (Electric Light & Power)

WIND: A new report projects that Virginia could see as many as 14,000 jobs in the offshore wind industry over the next 15 years. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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NUCLEAR: Florida presses Florida Power & Light to fix the seepage of cooling water from its Turkey Point plant into the Biscayne Bay. (Miami Herald)

PIPELINES:
• Dominion insists the delay of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline will not affect the projected in-service date. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• The cancellation last month of the Palmetto Pipeline and announced delay of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline signal rising challenges to natural gas companies. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• A high school in Chesapeake, Virginia shows off its recently activated rooftop solar system, the largest of its kind in Virginia. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Two months before it is to be activated, a community solar project by an electric co-op in Virginia is about 75 percent subscribed. (WDBJ)
• Commissioners in a North Carolina county withdraw permission for a large solar farm amid a zoning debate. (The Times Leader)
• South Carolina Electric & Gas announces plans for six new solar systems totaling 36 megawatts. (WJBF)

EFFICIENCY:
Deltec Homes in North Carolina amps up its development of pre-fabricated, net-zero energy homes. (Curbed)
Greenville, North Carolina tackles new LEED projects to build on its reputation as one of the nation’s most efficient cities. (Reflector)

COAL ASH: The battle in North Carolina between environmental groups and Duke Energy over the utility’s ash management plans heats up. (Charlotte Observer)

DIESEL: In a joint venture with Valero Energy, Diamond Green Diesel plans to expand existing production at its Norco, Louisiana plant by about 60 percent. (Biodiesel Magazine)

COAL: Two federal energy agencies are trying to convert coal to jet fuel using biomass-derived solvents. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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CLIMATE: Virginia establishes a new loan program to help homeowners and businesses deal with rising sea levels, but lawmakers have yet to fund it. (The Virginian-Pilot)

COMMENTARY: 
Getting wind-generated power to the Southeast shouldn’t be this hard. (MIT Technology Review)
• Don’t drill offshore — or survey either. (The Post and Courier)
• Floridians should vote “yes” on Amendment #4 to exempt solar systems from property taxes. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• We should try to save the coal industry. (The Ledger Independent)

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