Daily Digest

Gasoline prices set to jump after latest Colonial Pipeline blast

PIPELINES: Futures prices for gasoline jump 15% due to the deadly Colonial fuel pipeline explosion in Alabama with pump prices in Georgia and the Carolinas expected to follow. (Birmingham Business Journal, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Charlotte Observer)

ALSO:
• Colonial Pipeline has a history of operational problems. (Wall Street Journal)
• If attendance at a hearing is any gauge, few Pittsylvania County, Virginia residents seem concerned about the proposed path there for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (GoDanRiver.com)

NATURAL GAS: Duke University says it is uncertain whether it will proceed with a proposed natural gas fired combined heat and power plant even if the project gets state approval. (Southeast Energy News)

FLORIDA:
• If you add contributions to key legislators, Florida utilities have spent close to $43 million since January 2015 to promote Amendment 1 and otherwise limit rooftop solar there. (Miami Herald)
Former Sen. Bob Graham adds his name to the growing chorus urging voters to reject Amendment 1 next Tuesday. (ThinkProgress)
• NextEra, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, seeks to soften an image problem in its new pursuit of the largest utility in Texas. (Wall Street Journal)

COAL:
• Mississippi Power discloses an additional $29 million in costs to build the Kemper “clean coal” plant bringing the latest total to more than $6.9 billion. (WDAM)
• Three organizations in southwest Virginia detail a wish list of projects for federal funds to revitalize distressed mining communities. (Kingsport Times News)
• The EPA says it could take more than two years to plan a court-mandated report on projected job losses tied to its regulations. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• New rates by a Louisiana utility could mean during summer months it would be cheaper not to use power generated by residential rooftop systems. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
Virginia Tech scientists try to develop a flexible solar panel. (Newswise | Virginia Tech)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators are to vote next month on whether to give Georgia Power customers a $325 million rate reduction tied to a settlement over rising costs of two reactors under construction. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

POLITICS: North Carolina’s Jay Faison leans how little $175 million can buy in trying to foster Republican solutions to climate change. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy starts construction of a lined landfill at the site of its 2014 ash spill along the Dan River in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

FRACKING: Opponents hold a summit today at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers. (WMNF)

WIND: Developers of the Clean Line transmission project aiming to move wind-generated power to Southeast states select GE to supply high-voltage converter stations. (Recharge)

COMMENTARY:
• Kudos to Duke University researchers for discrediting fears about the alleged cancer-causing elements of coal ash. (The Weirton Daily Times)
Dominion Virginia Power needs to find a better way to supply electricity to the historic James River region than building 44 massive transmission towers. (The Washington Post)

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