Daily Digest

In Florida: Recording reveals utilities’ strategy to undermine solar

FLORIDA: An audio recording reveals utilities’ strategy behind Florida’s Amendment 1 is “political jiu-jitsu” to undermine solar. (Miami Herald)

ALSO:
Pat Boone is featured in a robo call for the 60 Plus Association in support of Florida’s solar Amendment 1. (Palm Beach Post)
• A new website answers frequent questions about the solar amendment. (American Solar Energy Systems)

COAL ASH:
• North Carolina’s governor claims during a debate that his controversial 2015 meeting with Duke Energy’s CEO was to discuss his impending veto of a coal ash bill; however, the claim doesn’t fit the timeline for the legislation. (WRAL)
• The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy upgrades its tool for tracking how coal ash is handled. (Southeast Energy News)

TRANSIT: Voters in the North Carolina county that includes Raleigh are to decide on a $2.4 billion transit plan Nov. 8. (Southeast Energy News)

TECHNOLOGY: Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory accidentally discover a way to turn CO2 into ethanol. (Popular Mechanics)

POLICY: West Virginia regulators rule that units of FirstEnergy serving the state do not have to accept bids for new power plant capacity. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

UTILITIES:
Bolstering distribution and transmission lines against extreme weather may be a lifeline to boost utilities’ earnings. (Bloomberg)
AARP strongly objects to Florida Power & Light’s proposed $811 million rate base hike and asks to delay a hearing. (Protecting Your Pocket blog, News Service of Florida)

SOLAR: Homeowners in Mississippi extol the virtues of their rooftop system. (SunHerald)

NATURAL GAS:
• A natural gas-fueled power plant proposed by a private developer along the Elizabeth River in Virginia clears its first regulatory hurdle. (The Virginian-Pilot)
• Coal plant retirements are seen driving up natural gas prices. (Utility Dive)

COMBINED HEAT & POWER: Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for permission to build its first combined heat-and-power plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators issue licenses to engineers for operating the Plant Vogtle reactors under construction in Georgia. (World Nuclear News)
• Budget cuts in Virginia eliminate next year’s funding for a reactor research center. (Lynchburg News Advance)

BIOMASS: A biotechnology center in North Carolina embarks on a three-year study of sorghum as biomass for fuel. (Biofuels International)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Baton Rouge boosts its charging stations in part to draw “green” businesses. (Associated Press)

WIND: A letter from a state epidemiologist reminds officials in a Tennessee county that there are “no health risks associated” with wind turbines. (Crossville Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• A Virginia county votes not to sell an easement for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Dozens more opponents of a compressor station in Virginia for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline speak out against it. (WMRA)
Protestors camp out to protest the proposed Sabal Trail line in north Florida. (Valdosta Daily Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Two newspapers recommend voting against Florida’s solar Amendment 1. (Miami Herald, Panama City News Herald)
Dominion Virginia Power’s plans for more natural gas power plants could increase carbon emissions by as much as 83%. (Power for the People VA blog)
• The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will serve the common good. (Augusta News Leader)
• The Navy’s push into renewable energy in Virginia should light the way for every American. (Virginian-Pilot)

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