Daily Digest

Report: Virginia coal ash dump ‘highly vulnerable’ to storms, rising sea levels

COAL ASH: More than 2 million tons of ash buried on the banks of the Elizabeth River in Virginia are “highly vulnerable” to Atlantic storms and rising sea levels, according to a new report. (The Virginian-Pilot)

RENEWABLES:
• Amazon is to begin receiving the first electricity from roughly 930 MW of new renewable energy agreements this month, including 80 MW from a solar farm in eastern Virginia. (Climatewire)
• In a new report, Greenpeace lauds cloud computing companies for sourcing a growing amount of power for their data centers in Virginia and elsewhere with renewables. (Greenpeace)

WIND: A new study spotlights almost $4 billion in benefits for Louisiana and Mississippi of the proposed Southern Cross transmission line to import wind power from East Texas. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

COAL: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says Donald Trump assured him the President-elect will fight to secure a “permanent health care solution” for retired miners. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
Incentives in South Carolina draw national installers seeking to serve the state, bucking a national trend of declining sales growth. (Greentech Media)
• Commissioners in Pitt County, South North Carolina approve a conditional use permit for a solar farm designed to sell electricity to North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power. (WCTI12.com)

PIPELINES:
• Transco urges federal regulators to approve a new interstate natural gas pipeline through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. (NGI’s Shale Daily)
Activists in north Florida step up efforts to reroute or stop the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. (News4Jax.com)
• Kinder Morgan says it is making “significant” progress cleaning up a 2014 fuel spill that’s still polluting the Savannah River in Georgia. (Savannah Morning News)

OIL: The Dept. of Energy is set to sell some of its strategic petroleum reserves in Louisiana and Texas to help finance its upkeep of the storage complex. (OilPrice.com)

CLIMATE: About 100 protesters in Louisville march outside federal buildings calling on Kentucky’s U.S. senators to reject President-elect Trump’s indifference to climate change. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

POLLUTION: South Carolina’s major power plants and heavy industries reduced their CO2 emissions 7% in 2015 largely due to natural gas replacing coal. (The Post and Courier)

NATURAL GAS: The developer of a proposed private gas-fired power plant in south central Virginia says it will make information available but will hold no public hearing. (GoDanRiver.com)

COMMENTARY:
• Just how does a 20 MW solar farm in Morgans Corner, North Carolina help meet the U.S. Navy’s demand for power at its base in Norfolk, Virginia? (Bacon’s Rebellion)
• The co-founder of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast defends President Obama’s decision to deny seismic testing there while a leader of a veterans group protests it. (Greenville Online, Palmetto Business Daily)

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