Daily Digest

Critics: North Carolina ‘gave away the store’ in coal ash settlement

COAL ASH: Environmental groups ask a judge to invalidate North Carolina’s $7 million coal ash settlement because it “gave away the store” to Duke Energy. (Southern Environmental Law Center; WRAL-TV, Raleigh)

NUCLEAR:
• New Orleans-based Entergy says it will close the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts as early as 2017. (Platts)
• Florida Power & Light’s CEO says salt water complications at its Turkey Point plant are not its fault. (Palm Beach Post)

SOLAR:
• A North Carolina environmental group says it will release a report tomorrow naming the “network of billionaires, utilities and fossil fuel front groups” fighting solar energy in the state. (Indy Week)
• Duke Energy announces new rebates for solar customers. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• One industry ranking puts 27 Florida firms among world’s 400 top installers. (Solar Power World)
• The Clean Energy Collective launches a program designed for investor-owned utilities to own and rate base community arrays. (Utility Dive)

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship said without federal mine regulators, “we’d blow ourselves up.” (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Some states in the PJM wholesale market say they might coordinate compliance. (EnergyWire)

CLIMATE:
• Without steep global cuts in carbon emissions, more than 5 million Floridians could find their residences under rising sea levels. (Mashable)
• The Orlando Climate Movement Coalition marches today calling for Florida to generate 30% of its power from renewables by 2030. (Orlando Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia are among the states relying too heavily on new natural gas plants. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• The TVA’s Watts Bar nuclear reactor, set to open by early 2016, shows why nuclear power is dying in the U.S. (Los Angeles Times)
• Jobs are a big reason why Congress should extend the 30% investment tax credit beyond 2016, says a Sunrun executive. (Greentech Media)

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