Daily Digest

Utilities say grid upgrades spared Florida from much worse damage

HURRICANE IRMA: Florida utility officials say damage would have been much worse had they not invested billions in grid upgrades in recent years. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Why it could take weeks to restore electricity service in Florida. (New York Times)
• Experts say microgrids could help make the coast more resilient to hurricanes. (PRI)
• FERC extends filing deadlines for projects impacted by the hurricane. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

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UTILITIES:
• Unable to reach a settlement over cost recovery for the Kemper “clean coal” plant, Mississippi regulators will begin holding hearings. (Mississippi Today)
• Duke Energy customers object to a proposed rate increase to help pay for costs related to coal ash management. (Richmond County Daily Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Duke and Dominion Energy are pushing to get final approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina by the end of the month. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)
• A series of protests and vigils against the pipeline will be held in Virginia and North Carolina this week. (Virginia Public Radio, Associated Press) 

OIL AND GAS:
• West Virginia landowners want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case over natural gas royalties, alleging a conflict of interest with a state justice. (Associated Press)
• A new Virginia program will train veterans to work in the natural gas industry. (WTKR)

SOLAR: West Virginia coal miners are finding new opportunities in the solar industry. (PRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric vehicle charging program in Chattanooga has about 300 participants so far. (Times Free Press)

COAL: More than 1,200 people will participate in a coal mine safety challenge in West Virginia this week. (MetroNews)

OVERSIGHT: North Carolina lawmakers raise concerns about environmental and other bills being drafted out of public view. (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
• Two North Carolina lawmakers say renewable energy should be an economic issue, not a partisan one. (Southeast Energy News)
• A columnist says Republicans disregard climate change because it is incompatible with their ideology. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

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