Daily Digest

Tennessee lawmakers to vote on loosening auto emissions tests

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS:
• Undeterred by the VW scandal, Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements. (Associated Press)
• Tennessee lawmakers set a hearing in Chattanooga to assess the potential financial impact of the VW scandal on the state. (The Chattanoogan)
• The U.S. Senate is probing whether $50 million in tax subsidies may have gone to VW owners under false pretenses. (Associated Press)
• VW said it will recall affected diesel-powered vehicles beginning in January with hopes of retrofitting them by year-end 2016. (Associated Press)
• About one-third of the Passats assembled at VW’s plant in Chattanoogan cannot be sold until corrections are installed. (The Wall Street Journal)

POLICY: The IRS is calling for public comments on what would be the first change to the investment tax credit for qualifying commercial clean energy projects since 1987. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: What the historic South Carolina floods can — and can’t — tell us about climate change. (The Washington Post)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A significant drop in the price of recovered materials closes a waste-to-energy plant in Alabama. (Renewable Energy from Waste)

SOLAR: The utility-backed opponents of a solar choice amendment in Florida are running a new TV ad labeling a possible “standby charge” as a tax. (Saint Peters Blog)

COAL:
• West Virginia reaches an agreement with Patriot Coal that will set aside about $50 million for the coal company’s environmental cleanup responsibilities. (The Wall Street Journal)
• Patriot Coal says it is laying off about 1,000 coal miners in West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Citigroup is the third major bank announces it is cutting back on financing coal operations. (BloombergBusiness)
Laid-off coal miners are to receive job training and career services via a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

PIPELINES:
The Georgia Public Service Commission fines Atlanta Gas Light $250,000 for corrosion deficiencies in a pipeline under construction. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Georgia officials ask a judge to throw out an appeal by the developers of the Palmetto Pipeline on a technicality. (Savannah Morning News)

COMMENTARY:
• A third reactor at Dominion Virginia Power’s North Anna plant would raise residential power prices 25%. (Power for the People VA)
More frequent and more severe floods are the result of climate changes South Carolinians and others have to prepare for. (Mashable)
Virginia can exceed its Clean Power Plan quota with a 43 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2030. (World Resources Institute)

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