Daily Digest

Duke won’t help extend North Carolina’s solar tax credit

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy rejected a request by solar installers in North Carolina to support their call to extend the state’s 35 percent solar tax credit two years beyond 2015. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Utilities such as Georgia Power are discovering they can make money by meeting the growing demand for solar power. (The Washington Post)
• The female CEO of Sunrun, now expanding its operations into the Southeast, explains what drove her to launch the company in 2006. (Sierra Club blog)

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMIES: Growth in “green” jobs in Georgia is in part because of an unlikely political partnership between liberal and conservative policy advocates. (Atlanta Public Radio)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Elected officials and industry leaders in West Virginia rallied against the plan Tuesday claiming continuing job losses and skyrocketing electricity prices. (Wheeling News-Register)

NUCLEAR:
Georgia regulators rejected a request that instead of authorizing the rising cost of building two reactors that it order utilities to use those funds for additional solar energy projects.  (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Officials in South Florida and various critics pushed back during a regulatory hearing against Florida Power & Light’s request to spend $34 million toward adding two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear complex. (CBS-TV Miami)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Virginia Beach city council is looking to neighboring U.S. Dept. of Defense operations as it revisits federal plans to drill for oil off its coast. (The Virginian-Pilot)

COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS: Piedmont Natural Gas in North Carolina said it has achieved a goal to fuel 30 percent of its vehicles with compressed natural gas by year’s end. (Charlotte Business Journal)

GASOLINE TAXES: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia are among the 14 states that have raised their gas taxes this year, and Tennessee may join them. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

METHANE EMISSIONS:
• The Obama administration’s newly proposed rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and drilling would apply only to new wells. (The Wall Street Journal)
• Leading environmental groups asserted the newly proposed rules need stronger teeth. (InsideClimate News) 

COAL:
• Federal mine safety regulators are preparing the coal industry for the next phase of a landmark rule aimed at reducing workers’ exposure to coal dust. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
99 percent of U.S. coal mines are complying with the first phase of regulations to protect workers from coal dust. (The Hill)
• Environmental groups agreed Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit against United Bulk’s coal export facility in Louisiana. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina’s environmental regulators are now asking to stay action in three lawsuits against Duke Energy over its disposal plans. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Limited testing by North Carolina regulators at three Charlotte-area coal ash sites indicates that nearby Duke Energy ponds are not the source of well contamination. (WRAL-TV Charlotte)

PIPELINES: Virginians helped connect a “Hands across our lands” protest against the Atlantic Coast and other proposed pipelines in nine states. (Staunton News Leader)

COMMENTARY:
Progress towards cleaner energy can be very slow, but it’s progress. (The News Virginian)
• A former oil lobbyist argues Virginians are better off letting other states spend taxpayer dollars on solar energy incentives. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A supplier of cleaning products in Virginia argues the federal EPA should scrap a proposed standard that would limit ground-level ozone. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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