Daily Digest

Mississippi Power signs deal on troubled $7.5 billion power plant

UTILITIES: Regulators reached a settlement with Mississippi Power Co. on how much customers should pay for the troubled multi-billion-dollar Kemper plant that was touted as “clean coal.” (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: A report released Friday says it would be far cheaper and quicker for Dominion Energy to close its largest Virginia coal ash ponds by leaving them in place and covering them, rather than recycling the ash or moving it to lined landfills. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Forest Service gave its approval for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline to cross land in Virginia and West Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• Crucial votes by Virginia’s Water Control Board begin this week for water-quality certifications for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, and the state’s governor-elect appears to be staying away from what critics contend has been a deeply flawed review. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Hundreds of opponents of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines protested in Richmond this weekend ahead of state hearings that begin Wednesday. (WVTF)
• An aging gasoline pipeline is scheduled to stop operating, which would force the Roanoke, Virginia, region to burn more expensive gas from farther supply points. (Roanoke Times)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear project means there is less of a push for a nuclear tax credit as Republicans advance a tax overhaul bill in Congress. (Post and Courier)

OIL: A controlled burn was conducted Friday to remove the remaining oil that leaked in November into a Louisiana marsh. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• The city of Arlington has solicited bids to add rooftop solar panel systems on at least five schools by 2020, which would be the largest solar-on-schools procurement in Virginia. (Blue Virginia)
A student environmental group launched a petition for West Virginia University to install solar panels on campus by the end of the academic year. (Dominion Post)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A recent study by Yale University shows that a majority of registered Republicans and Democrats in Tennessee support more renewable energy research. (ClarksvilleNow.com)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board questions whether the suggestion to privatize Jacksonville, Florida’s JEA utility is a smart move. (Florida Times Union)
• A guest columnist disagrees with China’s multi-billion deal with West Virginia, saying, “if our government — or China — wants to invest here for our long-term good, they’d invest in solar panel manufacturing or other renewable tech.” (Charleston Mail-Gazette)
• A columnist looks at the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s potential impact on the coastal environment and whether it might exacerbate the threat from sea level rise. (Virginian-Pilot)
• The state of Georgia should thank nuclear power for its relatively inexpensive electricity. (Augusta Chronicle)
• Canceled plans to build a multi-billion-dollar facility in Louisiana to convert natural gas to liquid petroleum is a case study in how fluid the marketplace can be. (The Advocate)

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