Daily Digest

Opponents call proposed pipelines ‘climate disasters’

PIPELINES:
• Lawyers say language in a North Carolina bill could remove a key legal argument against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Southeast Energy News)
• A nonprofit that supports a transition away from fossil fuels says proposed new pipelines would be “climate disasters.” (Roanoke Times)
• The Sabal Trail natural gas line from Alabama to Florida is nearing completion and slated to begin operations in June. (Opelika-Auburn News)

COAL:
• A West Virginia congressman promotes coal in India. (The Intelligencer)
• The West Virginia coal miner who spoke alongside President Trump at a recent bill signing believes the president’s policies will “help turn this industry around.” (Fox News)
• A handful of new mines are opening amid “cautious optimism” in the industry. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Virginia lawmakers approved a bill requiring Dominion Virginia Power to identify pollution risks from coal ash; environmental groups say the bill doesn’t go far enough. (WRIC)

NUCLEAR:
• A slowdown in U.S. nuclear development could have a global impact on safety standards. (New York Times)
• The reactor technology in Duke Energy’s nuclear plans may already be out of date. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A Georgia facility that decommissions warheads could end up supplying fuel to the nearby Vogtle nuclear plant. (Augusta Chronicle)
• GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy is laying off workers at its plant in Castle Hayne, North Carolina. (Wilmington Biz)

SOLAR:
SolarCity’s entry into the Virginia market could help the push for more solar-friendly policy in the state. (Southeast Energy News)
• Georgia is now the third-fastest growing producer of solar power in the country and the eighth-largest producer of solar energy. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• While still lagging other states, solar development is beginning to accelerate in Tennessee. (The Tennessean)
• Construction begins on a 1.35 MW community solar project in Chattanooga. (The Chattanoogan)
• A public hearing will be held next month for a 5 MW solar project in North Carolina. (Gaston Gazette)
• A solar farm atop a Florida landfill will be unveiled next week. (Palm Beach Post)
• The Orlando Utilities Commission installs the first large-scale floating solar array in Florida. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Concerns over whale habitat delay offshore wind development along the Carolina coast. (New Bern Sun Journal)

UTILITIES: Entergy pauses development of a Lousiana power plant amid concerns the new generation isn’t needed. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

OIL AND GAS: Retailers push back on a plan to index Tennessee’s fuel tax to inflation. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

COMMENTARY:
• A “quiet revolution” to fight climate change is underway in Nashville. (The Tennessean)
• Former EPA official says calls to ban fracking in Florida “would be pushing aside facts and research for non-scientific emotions.” (Pensacola News Journal)

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