Daily Digest

Judge orders EPA to properly estimate regulatory impact on coal jobs

COAL: A federal judge in West Virginia rules the EPA has not properly estimated potential job losses in the coal industry and orders it to produce a plan within 14 days to do so. (The Hill, West Virginia Metro News)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Environmental groups in Virginia are wary of how Dominion Virginia Power’s plans for new gas plants could increase overall emissions. (ClimateWire)

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NUCLEAR:
• Georgia Power asks regulators for more time to negotiate how much of the Plant Vogtle cost overruns are to be paid for by ratepayers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• The chief consulting engineer at a GE Hitachi facility in North Carolina spells out his vision for next-generation power plants. (WUNC Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• The debate over Florida’s Amendment 1 heats up. (POLITICO Florida)
• A contract installer is running out of time to meet a deadline for hiring 600 workers for new systems at three Air Force bases in Florida. (Northwest Florida Daily News)
Tallahassee officials unveil a pedestrian bridge using a flexible fabric solar canopy that generates electricity to power its LED bulbs. (Tallahassee Democrat)

EFFICIENCY: A new survey finds Atlanta ranks fifth among the 30 largest U.S. cities in the development and construction of “green” buildings. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

BIOMASS: Forests in North Carolina and other Southern states are disappearing to supply Europe with energy. (AlterNet / Salon)

PIPELINES:
• Protests grow against a pipeline proposed by Mountaineer Gas through northern West Virginia. (The Journal)
• Opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline in southwest Virginia harvests “seeds of resistance.” (WDBJ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A company launched by Terry McAuliffe before he was elected Virginia’s governor blames news coverage of its financial woes for failing thus far to begin paying a loan to Mississippi. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Critics of North Carolina’s clean energy laws are using misleading information to try to roll back state mandates. (Independent Tribune)
• The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is key to drawing manufacturing jobs to Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Let’s work together to prevent the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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