Daily Digest

TVA sees potential for declining power demand

UTILITIES: The TVA grapples with the possibility of declining demand for electricity across its seven-state territory due largely to improving energy efficiency and onsite solar systems. (Times Free Press)

COAL ASH:
• A long-awaited report outlines the challenges and lack of incentives for recycling coal ash in North Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)
• An environmental group in North Carolina invites public input about coal ash and other issues at its annual meeting this Saturday in Statesville. (Salisbury Post)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: A national environmental group updates states’ compliance plans, including how Arkansas already has reached its targeted reductions. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SOLAR:
• The growth of solar energy in North Carolina is expected to slow when new installations are tallied for 2016. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• An Ikea store is expected to have the largest rooftop solar system in Tennessee when it opens this fall. (Memphis Business Journal)
• A rural electric co-op celebrates the first community solar farm in South Carolina. (Greenville Online)
• Here’s how a commercial installer in North Carolina navigated the array of choices for inverters. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA says it needs to rebuild the switch yard at its Watts Bar plant to bring its new Unit 2 reactor online after a fire there Aug. 30. (Electric Light & Power)
Reactors are helping drive down utilities’ carbon emissions but the costs to build new ones pose significant challenges. (EnergyWire)
• A new lab coming to Virginia Tech will help engineers develop and test data on fluid dynamics for reactors. (Augusta Free Press)

RENEWABLES: Solar and other forms of cleaner energy are projected to supply 2 percent of Florida’s demand for electricity by 2025. (Florida Politics)

EFFICIENCY:
• North Carolina-based Cree looks to boost its LED business with a new line of bulbs, some expected to last up to 32 years. (Triangle Business Journal)
• A homebuilder breaks ground on energy efficient homes in the Charlotte area powered in part by solar panels. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NATURAL GAS: West Virginia University and Kansas University begin a joint research effort to identify how to better manage wastewater used in drilling. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

PIPELINES: A pipeline that ships gasoline from the Gulf Coast to central North Carolina shuts down after a 1,000-barrel spill in Alabama. (Bloomberg)

GRID: Experts in the PJM power grid struggle to determine why this year’s cooling season did not push power demand higher that either of the three previous summers. (Platts)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Here’s how an EV enthusiast in Sarasota, Florida is enjoying National Drive Electric Week. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY:
Florida’s solar Amendment 1 is a “Trojan Horse” that will undermine the growth of solar energy in Florida. (Orlando Sentinel)
Virginia gained about as much solar energy in 2015 as North Carolina installs in one week. (Power for the People VA blog)

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