Daily Digest

Five Southeast states on track to meet Clean Power Plan targets

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Five Southeast states are on track to reach their Clean Power Plan targets for reducing carbon emissions by 2030, while three are not. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Driven largely by political ideology, North Carolina continues to fight the plan despite being on track to hit its 2030 targets. (Southeast Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• The operator of the gasoline pipeline that ruptured in Alabama says it is optimistic it will be fixed within a week. (Birmingham Business Journal)
• Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal warns gasoline retailers that price gouging is illegal there as shortages due to the pipeline rupture drive up pump prices, and Tennessee urges drivers to conserve. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Tennessean)
• Federal regulators says they need more time to complete an environmental review of a proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline in Kentucky to one that would carry natural gas liquids. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A report by an alliance that includes investor-owned utilities spotlights the costs of installing and using rooftop solar systems in Florida. (SaintPetersBlog)
• In a settlement of a 15-year-old lawsuit over alleged violations of federal clean air laws, Duke Energy offers $300,000 to each of 10 North Carolina schools that want a rooftop system as a teaching tool. (Associated Press)
• The Navy and Georgia Power cut the ribbon on a solar farm spanning 254 acres at the Kings Bay submarine base. (Florida Times-Union)
Cosmetics maker L’Oreal says it is building solar systems to help power its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas and reduce its overall carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

WIND: Virginia is part of a new coalition of 20 states pledging to work with federal agencies to boost wind projects. (AltEnergyMag.com)

NUCLEAR:
• Duke Energy joins Dominion Virginia Power in seeking to extend licenses for their reactors beyond their original 40-year terms. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• After a year of preparation, a high-temperature “calorimeter” at Clemson University is now running to help researchers find ways to store commercial nuclear waste more safely. (The Newsstand)
• A professor at the University of Tennessee says the future of nuclear energy depends on whether used fuel is viewed as trash or a treasure. (Tennessee Journalist)

TRANSMISSION:
• A bid by Florida-based NextEra Energy to buy the transmission business of Energy Future Holdings Corp. in Texas is boosted by a bankruptcy judge. (Dallas Business Journal)
• Dominion Virginia Power weighs in on a debate over the exercise of market power in the PJM power grid. (RTO Insider)

COAL: The Senate is set to consider legislation to boost pension funds and disability plans for miners. (The Hill)

FLORIDA: A reliability council reduces its projected growth of the state’s demand for electricity while utilities add 8,300 megawatts of new generating capacity. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey refreshes the state’s arguments against the Clean Power Plan, set to be heard next Tuesday in federal court. (HuntingtonNews.Net)
• Voting for Florida’s Amendment 1 on Nov. 8 would be a “big step backwards” for solar. (PV-Tech)
Virginia’s Hampton Roads region deserves leadership that reflects the science of climate change and the steps needed to protect its economy. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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