Daily Digest

Competing ballot measure adds to Florida solar debate

SOLAR:
• A new coalition launched a ballot initiative to counter a separate group’s proposed constitutional amendment to expand the use of solar energy in Florida. (News Service of Florida)
Georgia Power will build 30 megawatt solar plant at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. (PV Magazine)

SUSTAINABILITY:
• See which Southeast states are running into the red with Mother Nature burning fossil fuels and other activities. (National Geographic)
Tanger Factory Outlet Centers of North Carolina launched a sustainability push for its U.S. locations, including electric vehicle charging stations and solar energy generation. (Triad Business Journal)
• Owners of large commercial buildings in Atlanta prepare to comply by July 20 with a new requirement to report energy and water usage. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

EFFICIENT LIGHTING: A maturing market for LED bulbs is compelling North Carolina-based Cree to restructure. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Does the lack of retail choice by electricity users in Southeast states stifle energy innovation? (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy is trying boost customer rolls by luring technology firms to its service areas with a San Francisco-based executive. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ENERGY STORAGE: A North Carolina lawmaker appealed to colleagues about the potential of emerging storage technologies with a pitch from a Swiss-based manufacturer. (The Fayetteville Observer)

NUCLEAR: Are next-generation molten salt reactors that burn thorium safer than reactors under construction in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee? (Forbes)

COAL:
Walter Energy in Alabama, as anticipated, filed for bankruptcy. (Tuscaloosa News)
• How Walter Energy’s coal mining business deteriorated leading up to Wednesday’s bankruptcy filing. (SNL)
• A judge in West Virginia orders a mining company to supply water eight months after its operations polluted area water supplies. (The Charleston Gazette)
• How a West Virginia attorney is waging a decades-long fight against coal mining throughout Appalachia. (Greenwire)

PIPELINES: In their ongoing bid to site the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline,  developers now are taking aim at a state wildlife management area in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: An alternative weekly in Tennessee offers a primer on climate change. (The Pulse, Chattanooga)

OIL: Four members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation are  urging the White House to help settle claims with Taylor Energy over an 11-year-old oil leak. (Associated Press) 

BP SETTLEMENTS:
• Southeast Louisiana has the opportunity to turn BP oil spill settlement funds into “a long-term economic driver.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Public agencies in the New Orleans area have agreed to accept about $240 million in BP settlements, including $10.5 million that the Plaquemines School Board and $1.5 million that Covington accepted this week. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Miami-Dade County officials voted to accept $2.5 million from BP to recoup revenue lost because of the 2010 Gulf spill. (Miami Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Why renewable energy firm executives and public officials were celebrating yesterday in North Carolina, but not Virginia. (The Washington Post)
• A former North Carolina lawmaker calls for a declaration of energy independence. (The Charlotte Observer)

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