Daily Digest

‘Clean coal’ plant in Mississippi faces prudency hearings on costs

COAL: Even after the Kemper “clean coal” plant in Mississippi begins operations, prudency hearings will determine the cost to ratepayers of Mississippi Power. (Mississippi Today)

ALSO:
• Donald Trump’s in Sunday night’s debate that coal could last 1,000 years far exceeds government estimates and harbors minimal potential benefit for Appalachian mines. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• Claiming risks of terrorism and earthquakes, a Kentucky lawmaker asks the TVA to reconsider closing two coal-fired generators. (Madisonville Messenger)

SOLAR:
• A representative of the utility-backed solar Amendment 1 in Florida says rates could rise if too many Floridians generate all of their own power. (WGCU Public Radio)
• A builder in Florida begins offering a rooftop solar system backed by a 30-year warranty as an optional feature on new homes. (Builder)
• Principals behind a solar project on Virginia’s Delmarva Peninsula aim to clarify their plans for a large solar farm at a public hearing Wednesday night. (Delmarva Now)
• A Louisiana couple alleges solar companies falsely advertise the money their solar systems can save off utility bills. (Louisiana Record)

POLITICS: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is among the priority targets as spending nationally by green groups is expected to exceed $100 million this election cycle. (The Washington Post)

FRACKING: A new ban on fracking in Miami-Dade County is expected to stand even if state lawmakers authorize drilling. (WLRN Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are trying to simulate reactors on a computer to determine their useful lives. (Nashville Public Radio)

PIPELINES:
Columbia Gas petitions the National Park Service to build a gas pipeline under a canal and the Potomac River across eastern West Virginia. (Morgan County USA)
• Opponents in Virginia schedule a forum about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline for Wednesday night at Roanoke College. (The Roanoke Times)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy agrees to sell most of its international assets to a Chinese company to focus more on its regulated power business. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Sarasota, Florida officials share how cities can lead in building out their EV-charging infrastructure. (Clean Technica)
• The National Drive Electric Week last month coordinated 235 events in 212 cities and 46 states including Georgia and North Carolina. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

COMMENTARY:
• The tax break limiting carbon emissions from “clean coal” plants should be lifted by Congress. (The Exponent Telegram)
• Despite its name, there are no consumer protections in Florida’s solar Amendment 1. (Forbes)
• Many questions remain unanswered by North Carolina officials over health risks to water contaminated by coal ash ponds. (Progressive Pulse)
North Carolina’s leaders need to think hard about how to mitigate damage from hurricanes and other impacts of global warming. (Fayetteville Observer)

Comments are closed.