Daily Digest

Judge prods ‘deadlocked’ jurors in coal baron’s trial

BLANKENSHIP TRIAL:
• The judge authorized a “deadlocked” jury to return a partial verdict. (West Virginia Public Radio)
• Four things to know about the “Allen charge” the judge is using to prod jurors to reach a verdict. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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UTILITIES:
• Florida’s PUC will decide soon on a natural gas hedging program that has cost consumers more than $6 billion since 2002. (Utility Dive)
• North Carolina rejects an environmental group’s bid to contest Duke Energy’s power plant constructions plans. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Most utilities are burning a lot less coal than expected. (Platts)

POLITICS: Conservative advocates push for clean energy at an event in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Greensboro News & Record)

COAL ASH: North Carolina officials cite for a second time this year a coal ash landfill for environmental permit violations. (Raleigh News & Observer)

SOLAR: The TVA signs a 20-year power purchase agreement on a small solar project in Athens, Tennessee. (The News Courier)

CLIMATE: Increasingly higher tides remind southern Floridians of global warming’s local impact. (WUSF Public Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Georgia charges the nation’s highest annual fees on EVs and hybrid vehicles. (Autoblog)

OIL & GAS: A judge fines Anadarko Petroleum $159 million for Clean Water Act violations connected to the 2010 Gulf Oil spill. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The TVA should revisit cuts to its solar power incentives. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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