Daily Digest

Obama rejects seismic testing off Atlantic Coast

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
Activists and their attorneys cheer the Obama administration’s denial of applications for seismic testing off the Mid- and South Atlantic coastlines. (The Post and Courier)
• While it may be possible, President-elect Trump will find it difficult to reverse the bans on seismic testing and offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast. (Newsweek)

COAL:
• The TVA’s spurning of Tennessee’s demand for ground water data is central to a federal trial over coal ash set to begin in February. (Nashville Public Radio)
• As its price tag rises above $7 billion, Southern Co. says its long-delayed, over-budget Kemper “clean coal” power plant in Mississippi will be fully operating by Jan. 31. (Associated Press, Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• An international coal company says it’s hiring 50 to 75 workers to expand its mining operations in southern West Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Virginia streamlines certifications to help out-of-work miners get jobs. (Kingsport Times News)
• Led by shipments to China, U.S. exports of coal from Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia and other ports rose in November. (Platts)

SOLAR:
South Carolina ranked 9th among all states for the amount of solar installed in 2016. (Palmetto Business Daily)
• The Marine based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has yet to see the touted clean energy benefits from a solar system there built by Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal / SNL Energy)
Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Arkansas are four of the five worst states for solar energy, according to a new ranking. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Advocates and opponents sharpen their tactics in the looming battle over whether the Clean Power Plan should be scrapped. (West Virginia MetroNews)
• If the plan is scrapped, the 2017 Annual Energy Outlook forecasts coal-fired generation to remain steady through the 2020s. (Utility Dive)

GRID: The Dept. of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review spotlights vulnerabilities and threats to the power grid. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: Two groups in Georgia propose the creation of a “Green Corridor” initiative in the middle part of the state to promote conservation and renewables. (ProudGreenBuilding.com)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy caps a pipe that was leaking water contaminated from a former ash pond in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal)

VIRGINIA:
Coal tax credits for southwest Virginia are high on the list of some key lawmakers as they prepare for their 30-day legislative session which begins Wednesday. (Bristol Herald Courier)
Solar advocates pin their hopes on concepts behind four bills to help boost the state’s solar market. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

WEST VIRGINIA: Economists warn lawmakers they are destined to repeat challenges brought on by coal’s decline by shifting incentives to extract and process natural gas. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

COMMENTARY:
• Senior lawmakers from the region are showing a “shocking amount of neglect” for the threat that rising sea levels pose to Virginia Beach-Hampton Roads. (The Virginian-Pilots)
• Gains in Georgia, Louisiana and other states prove investments in energy efficiency pay economic and social dividends. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Why should Floridians risk their water and surrender their land for the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline? (Valdosta Daily Times)
• Activists should stop throwing around red herrings in their opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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