Daily Digest

Utilities bet big on natural gas despite climate risks

NATURAL GAS:
• Despite climate risks, utilities and their parent companies such as Dominion, Duke Energy and Southern are betting big on natural gas. (Utility Dive)
• An investment firm in Arkansas plans to build a plant there to convert natural gas into liquid. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Zero-interest federal loans through rural electric cooperatives in North Carolina are boosting sustainable development. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL ASH: North Carolina regulators give Duke Energy until year’s end to fix “serious” deficiencies in its cleanup of the 2014 Dan River ash spill or face daily fines. (Carolina Public Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• According to research from Georgia Tech, Virginia industries could save nearly $10 billion over 15 years with various equipment upgrades. (Public News Service)
Montgomery County, Tennessee embarks on an energy efficiency project funded by the money it will save. (Clarksville Online)
• Georgia urges residents to purchase energy- and water-efficient products with a sales tax holiday this Friday through Sunday. (Atlanta Loop)

CLIMATE:
• An amendment proposed by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, sharpens a growing debate over how companies might price the environmental impacts of climate change. (New York Times)
• Rising sea levels are becoming a threat to the viability of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Natural World News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin helped lead arguments against the plan in federal court. (Associated Press)
• What the federal rules mean for Kentucky. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

RENEWABLES: Alabama Power requests proposals for renewable energy resources. (Alabama NewsCenter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ten BP gas stations in Charlotte are to receive direct-current, fast-charging equipment for Nissan Leaf drivers. (Auto Blog)

COAL: The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is due to release its probe of a coal-cleaning chemical that spilled in West Virginia three years ago and disrupted water supplies for 300,000. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: The latest bulk-purchasing co-op effort in Virginia forms in Newport News. (The Virginian-Pilot)

PIPELINES: The type of venting that alarmed several homeowners and businesses in Loudoun County, Virginia Monday separately triggered protests in another county against Dominion’s plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Ashburn Patch, WVTF Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: President Obama may tap an obscure legal provision to permanently withdraw Atlantic waters from oil and gas leasing. (Greenwire)

WIND: Residents opposed to a large wind project in Tennessee’s Cumberland County say their views aren’t being considered. (Crossville Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia can get all of the natural gas it needs without the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (AltDaily.com)
• An EV enthusiast calculates she can drive from Atlanta to Charlotte on a single charge in the new Chevy Bolt. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
Carbon capture and storage should play a larger role in America’s energy future. (The Montgomery Herald)

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