Daily Digest

Natural gas plant in North Carolina triggers constitutional challenge

NATURAL GAS: Environmental advocacy group NC WARN challenges the constitutionality of a North Carolina law over a proposed gas plant. (Raleigh News & Observer)

SOLAR:
• A solar installer in Florida says he’ll have to lay off his entire 10-person staff if voters approve Amendment 1 on Nov. 8. (WBBH)
• The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers endorses the utility-backed solar Amendment 1 on Florida’s ballot. (Florida Politics)
• Florida Power & Light says it is moving a 50-kilowatt solar canopy at a community center out of the city of Venice. (Herald-Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• A lawyer for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline asks the West Virginia Supreme Court to overturn a lower court order that blocked it from surveying landowners’ property without their permission. (Associated Press)
• An environmental law firm files a motion with federal regulators to reject the latest route proposed through Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

FRACKING: In West Virginia, a new report says 8 percent of all K-12 students and 10 percent of nursing homes are within one mile of fracking operations. (ThinkProgress)

COAL: A local TV station was the first to spot a break in a bern flooding a cooling pond at Duke Energy’s Lee power plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CLIMATE: Coastal Louisiana stakeholders are shopping a map projecting rising sea levels and what they mean for their future. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

NUCLEAR: Westinghouse says it is finishing improvements mandated by federal regulators at its nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina. (The State)

TRANSPORTATION: Atlanta-based UPS says it’s adding 200 hybrid delivery trucks to its fleet and will deploy them in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and other states. (Manufacturing.net)

COMMENTARY:
Al Gore isn’t sharing some inconvenient truths about the potential rate impact on non-solar residences if Amendment 1 fails. (FloridaWatchdog.org)
• If voters in Florida want a free market for solar there, they should reject Amendment 1 on Nov. 8. (The Ledger)

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