Daily Digest

Florida utility announces 1,500 MW of new solar

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light announced Monday it will build another 1,500 megawatts of solar arrays, including Miami-Dade’s first-ever solar plant(Saint Peters Blog, Miami Herald)
• A Tampa lawmaker says it’s crucial that the state extend solar tax credits, which will expire in the next few years. (Saint Peters Blog)

COAL ASH: Virginia lawmakers are set to vote on changes to a coal ash bill recommended by Gov. Terry McAuliffe when they reconvene on Wednesday. (WTOP)

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COAL: A new report says the federal government isn’t overseeing how abandoned coal mine cleanup funds are being spent by states. (The Hill)

ALSO:
• Environmentalists urged West Virginia lawmakers to remove language from a coal bill that would force state regulators not to consider of the diversity of aquatic communities when they assess the state’s rivers. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Citing Tennessee Valley counties, scientists said Monday there is new evidence that pollution from coal plants leads to lower birth weights in newborns. (Agence France Presse)
• President Trump’s rollback of environmental rules threatens a multi-billion dollar cleanup industry in Kentucky. (WKU)
• Mississippi Power said Monday its delayed Kemper plant project should to be in service using lignite by April 30 and that increased estimated costs will not be paid by customers. (Sun Herald)
• The Arkansas coordinator of a nationwide environmental group says there is a conservative-friendly, market-based solution to easing carbon emissions. (KAUR)

NATURAL GAS:
• Critics say a proposed “forced pooling” bill in West Virginia puts the interests of gas companies ahead of citizens(Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Florida Power & Light is seeking approval to rebuild an aging natural gas plant in Dania Beach, which it says would increase generating capacity and cut emissions. (Sun Sentinel)

PIPELINE: Members of a labor union sent hundreds of letters of support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Virginia senators. (Associated Press)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: An Alabama senator says climate change debate wastes time and praises President Trump’s recent rollback of environmental regulations. (WHNT)

COMMENTARY:
• A Sierra Club leader says a proposed South Carolina tax change is an “amazing opportunity” for solar development in the state. (The State)
• An Alabama columnist says that “in the long run, no one will benefit” from Trump’s elimination of environmental rules. (Press & Sun-Bulletin)

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