Daily Digest

Nevada company wants to buy unfinished Alabama nuclear plant

NUCLEAR: A Nevada company says it will try to purchase the TVA’s mothballed Bellefonte plant to generate power with an untested technology. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Engineers at the TVA say water tests could improve how much electricity the Browns Ferry plant generates. (Daily Reporter)

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COAL: EPA chief Gina McCarthy says the federal government should help coal-dependent communities in West Virginia and elsewhere that are at risk of being “left behind.” (The Hill)

COAL ASH:
• A North Carolina lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to revive the state’s Coal Ash Management Commission. (Charlotte Observer)
• Duke Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Justice are at odds over whether potential state water quality violations are also federal violations. (Charlotte Business Journal)

CLIMATE:
South Florida Republicans are drawing scrutiny for disavowing a bipartisan climate caucus in Congress. (McClatchy Newspapers)
• The rift between mayors in southern Florida and Gov. Rick Scott grows. (Climate Progress)

WIND:
• North Carolina’s environmental secretary says any wind system off its coast must share some of its revenue with the state. (Coastal Review)
• A developer planning a large array of turbines in western Virginia offers to moderate the times they spin to avoid killing bats. (Roanoke Times)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Meet Virginia’s “point guy” on the Clean Power Plan. (ClimateWire)
• An environmental group criticizes Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “all of the above” approach to energy. (Daily Press)

PIPELINES:
• An citizens’ rights group moves to compel Virginia to provide regulatory information about the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. (Augusta Free Press)
• A judge rejects a request by the Mountain Valley Pipeline for an injunction against a Virginia land owner who blocked surveyors from his property. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS: A south Florida distributor grows its business by promoting the current cost savings of natural gas over electricity. (Miami Herald)

KENTUCKY: State officials recognize six school districts for energy and environmental education programs. (Pioneer News)

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SOLAR: An organic produce farm in middle Tennessee gets even more sustainable and efficient with a solar system. (WSMV)

COMMENTARY:
• It’s ironic that the state-owned utility in South Carolina is working to undermine the growth of solar. (The Post and Courier)
• Force Duke Energy to really clean up its coal ash mess. (Charlotte Observer)
• If Gov. Rick Scott is truly serious about Florida’s economic well-being, he’ll engage about mitigating climate risks. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• North Carolina philanthropist Jay Faison is unrealistic about his plan for cost-effective clean energy and innovation. (Clean Technica)

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