Daily Digest

Virginia emerges as model for Clean Power Plan compliance

CLIMATE:
Virginia could become a model for how once coal-dependent states can lower emissions and meet their Clean Power Plan targets. (InsideClimate News)
Pope Francis’ “encyclical” could push the climate debate past fake “unsettled science questions,” yet tall obstacles remain. (ClimateProgress; Religion News Service)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Treasury Department is allowing charities to invest in for-profit companies’ clean energy research as “mission-related” investments. (USA Today)

PIPELINES: Residents of southwest Virginia are raising money to fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s proposed route through their land. (McClatchy News Service)

NUCLEAR: Companies in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere are betting on new reactor technologies that can be developed cost-effectively. (Reuters)

COAL ASH:
Chatham County, North Carolina secures agreement with Duke Energy to monitor coal ash disposal there. (WRAL-TV, Raleigh Durham)
• The federal government is asking for comments on its plan for determining damages caused by the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. (Greensboro News & Record)

UTILITIES:
New Orleans takes stock of how it regulates electricity prices charged by Entergy. (The Times-Picayune)
• Municipal members of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency have approved the sale of generating assets to Duke Energy. (The Daily Reflector)

WIND:
Dominion plans meetings to identify lower-cost options for trial wind turbines off the Virginia Beach coast.  (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Despite Dominion’s claims, offshore wind can be cost-effective for Virginians if it learns lessons from Denmark. (Virginia Public Radio)

SUSTAINABILITY: A federal program is enabling lighting upgrades at three Georgia courthouses to be paid for over time out of cost savings. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

 

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