Daily Digest

Voter confusion emerging over solar initiatives in Florida

SOLAR: Reports are surfacing of people who say they mistakenly signed the wrong petition in Florida’s showdown between advocates for solar sales by third parties and utilities which oppose it. (Orlando Sentinel)

ALSO: Duke Energy asks state regulators to fine advocacy group NC WARN for selling solar power to a Greensboro church, which the utility says state law generally prohibits. (Triad Business Journal)

VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS VIOLATIONS: The EPA says it has found more evidence of efforts by the car marker to defeat emissions tests beyond that discovered originally by researchers at West Virginia University. (The New York Times)

UTILITIES: An industry ranking shows how Duke Energy and NextEra Energy rank in terms of low-carbon sources of power. (Triad Business Journal)

HYDRO: The new owner of Red River Hydro in Louisiana plans to build a $130 million hydroelectric power project on the Red River. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

COAL: A group of Senate Democrats are pushing the Obama administration to charge federal-land coal fees that account for the costs of climate change. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: Another nuclear plant is deemed unable to compete in a deregulated power market as New Orleans-based Entergy opts to close down the Fitzpatrick plant in New York state. (The New York Times)

OIL & GAS: Marathon Petroleum abandons plans for a multi-billion-dollar upgrade to a refinery in southern Louisiana. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• Can abandoned coal properties in West Virginia host large solar power systems? (Power)
Where the U.S. Dept. of Energy is wrong about offshore wind. (Greentech Media)
Think you’ve got good energy policy ideas? Test them with this tool from MIT, Stanford and Cal-Berkley. (Vox)

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