Daily Digest

Virginia senator calls emergency hearing over governor’s carbon plan

CLIMATE: Virginia Republican Sen. Frank Wagner, who is running for governor, calls for an emergency legislative hearing on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to regulate the state’s carbon emissions, which some praised as “standing up to Trump.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Why 100% renewable energy goals — whether in a city like Atlanta or a small town like Abita Springs, Louisiana — are more than just symbolic. (Southeast Energy News)
• A closer look at renewable energy efforts in West Virginia. (Exponent Telegram)

OIL AND GAS: 
• West Virginia’s attorney general praises an appellate court’s decision to delay cases over methane rules. (Huntington News)
• A settlement has been reached after a developer was accused of skimming payments to thousands of property owners in Arkansas after drilling wells on their land. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

COAL:
• The fourth coal miner to die on the job this year in West Virginia was killed Friday. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
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A federal committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines will hold a panel discussion and public meeting Tuesday in West Virginia. (Associated Press)
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Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship continues to maintain his innocence in the 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• The troubled Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia is a good example of why U.S. utilities have not built new reactors in decades. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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Florida’s Turkey Point plant will be expanded after all, though the overall future of nuclear energy is questionable. (Miami Herald)

UTILITIES: Florida Gov. Rick Scott likes to compare his state to Texas, but has not taken a position on whether to move to a competitive electricity market(Pensacola News Journal)

PIPELINES: Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia are asking customers of banks that finance the project to move their money elsewhere. (EcoWatch)

SOLAR: 
• A solar project was in Arkansas has put its region years ahead of the rest of the state. (Solar Industry)
• The Department of Energy recognizes two North Carolina cities for helping facilitate solar power. (WCHL)

COMMENTARY:
• Dominion is “politically toxic” in Virginia, due in large part to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. (Washington Post)
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Thanks to its natural gas, West Virginia “is on the threshold of profound economic changes,” says a commercial property broker. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A conservation group says the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through the Appalachian Mountains “could not be worse.” (Roanoke Times)
• A writer for POWER magazine predicts “both Vogtle and Summer [nuclear projects] eventually will crater.”

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