Daily Digest

More cost overruns at Mississippi ‘clean coal’ plant

• Mississippi Power announces another $9 million in cost overruns for its Kemper “clean coal” plant. (Associated Press)
Alpha Natural Resources says it has emerged from bankruptcy as a private company with operations and offices now only in Kentucky and West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

• Rising sea levels and tidal flooding threaten 18 military bases along the East Coast and Gulf Coast, according to a new report. (Reuters)
• An Air Force base on Virginia’s peninsula faces the prospect of losing 90 percent of its land due to rising sea levels. (Daily Press)

Utility customers in Virginia take their challenge of a 2015 law to the state’s Supreme Court. (The Energy Fix)
Dominion Virginia Power struggles in containing a chemical byproduct tied to petroleum coke it once used to help fuel a power plant. (Daily Press)
• A county delays a highly-anticipated decision on a proposed high-voltage power line sought by Dominion Virginia Power. (Virginia Gazette)

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• A West Virginia firm helps hospitals offer solar incentives to their employees. (Southeast Energy News)
Florida utilities have spent almost $14 million of the roughly $16 million they have raised to promote their proposed amendment to the state’s constitution. (SaintPetersBlog)
• The FAA authorizes a solar farm at Tallahassee’s airport. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Duke Energy brings a 17-acre solar system online in central Florida. (SaintPetersBlog)
South Carolina Electric & Gas is recognized for its home solar education programs. (Moultrie News)

• The National Park Service’s new ambient sound limits to protect its parks complicate efforts by opponents to block proposed wind farms. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• The future of wind energy in North Carolina is up in the air. (Public Radio East)

POLICY: A clash over different state policies flares up at a state regulators’ meeting in Nashville. (EnergyWire)

STORAGE: Duke Energy and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte collaborate in assessing how storage systems can work with various applications. (Transmission & Distribution World)

North Carolina spells out plans for a new, lined landfill for long-term storage of ash near the site of a 2014 spill into the Dan River. (Associated Press)
Anticipation continues to build over the impact of a judge’s ruling expected soon in ash litigation between Dominion Virginia Power and environmental groups. (Chesapeake Bay Journal)

• The Coast Guard says a pipeline leak in Southeast Louisiana released up to 4,200 gallons of oil. (Associated Press)
• Environmentalists are lining up to oppose a new TransCanada pipeline that would link the oil sands with the East Coast, which would then be shipped by tanker to Gulf refineries. (Associated Press)

HYDRO: A new report says the U.S. could increase its hydropower capacity 50 percent by 2050. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR: Total employment on the construction of two reactors by Georgia Power tops 6,000. (Augusta Chronicle)

NATURAL GAS: With gas prices 32% cheaper than in 2015, customers of Duke Energy in North Carolina are seeing the benefits of its lower fuel costs. (Charlotte Observer)

PIPELINES: A non-profit sets a public forum in Fayetteville, North Carolina this Thursday on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Fayetteville Observer)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest about a study urging the closure of a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky was funded by the Energy Foundation, not two environmental groups.

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