Daily Digest

Wary of offshore drilling shift, critics blast Trump’s pick for Interior secretary

POLICY: Wary of a shift in plans for offshore drilling, environmental groups slam President-elect Trump’s pick of Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, to be Interior secretary. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• Conservatives expected to be active in rolling back federal environmental regulations signal efforts to ramp up the spread of misinformation on climate science, including using the EPA itself as a vehicle. (ClimateWire)
A meeting between Sen. Joe Manchin and President-elect Trump is rescheduled for today. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

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SOLAR:
• A Virginia utility wants to offer 100% renewable energy but critics say the cost is set higher than it should be. (Southeast Energy News)
Reducing net metering credits to Florida solar owners may be the next target for investor-owned utilities after the defeat of Amendment 1. (SunSentinel)
• A West Virginia Catholic diocese buys a rooftop system to supply about one-fourth of its power needs. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia’s Dept. of Environmental Quality receives a notice of intent to build a 51 megawatt solar farm in Halifax County. (Virginia Regulatory Town Hall)

COAL:
• Led in part by Sen. Joe Manchin, Senate Democrats back down on a threat to shut down the government over a long-term extension of miners’ benefits accepting, for now, a short term extension on health insurance only. (Associated Press)
• A small city in southern West Virginia tells residents not to drink tap water due to possible contamination by coal refuse. (Associated Press)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, joins the call for President-elect Trump to extend both health and pension benefits long-term for miners after he takes office. (The Hill)

COAL ASH:
Dominion agrees to pay for public water hook-ups for residents near its Prince William County ash disposal site. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Environmental groups urge regulators in North Carolina to require Duke Energy to stop the seepage of ash water into a Lee County swamp. (Fayetteville Observer)

EFFICIENCY:
• Mississippi regulators vote to require Entergy to more than double spending on efficiency programs in 2017. (Associated Press)
• An economic development program in eastern Kentucky is helping turn former coal mine workers into efficiency professionals. (Co.Exist)

NUCLEAR: A team advising President-elect Trump asks for ways to boost nuclear power. (Bloomberg)

NATURAL GAS: The first-ever shipment of liquefied natural gas is headed for Japan from a Louisiana terminal. (Bloomberg News)

PIPELINES:
• About 50 protest a pipeline planned for moving oil to a Valero refinery in Memphis from Oklahoma. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Chesapeake, Virginia is the next stop tomorrow for an expo touting the benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and for contractors to help built it. (Daily Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Without more power capacity, the transit system serving Northern Virginia and metropolitan Washington will not be able to handle a new fleet of eight-car trains. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: The CEO of Charlotte-based Bank of America calls climate change a real threat and says it will continue working to mitigate it. (Charlotte Observer)

OIL & GAS: President-elect Trump uses a speech in Louisiana to tout his plan to roll back rules he says are hindering oil production and refining. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The mayor of Tallahassee invites President-elect Trump to see the front lines of global warming in Florida. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Cost and reliability are declining as hurdles to more renewable energy in Virginia. (Bacon’s Rebellion)
• An officer of Florida Power & Light defends its motives in how it’s managing the supply of electricity to ratepayers. (Palm Beach Post)

CORRECTION: An Associated Press story listed in our December 8 Digest has been corrected here to report that Duke Energy is offering, not negotiating, compensation for homeowners living near its coal ash ponds in North Carolina.

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