Daily Digest

South Carolina attracts out-of-state money for solar

SOLAR: A New York investment firm adds South Carolina, along with Georgia, to its targets for solar energy development. (Bluffton Today/Savannah Morning News)

ALSO:
• Bills moving through the Mississippi legislature would reduce regulators’ ability to check utilities’ moves against net metering and solar energy. (Jackson Free Press)
Atlanta chooses the first 10 buildings for rooftop solar systems under its new renewable energy push. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• A Chevrolet dealer in South Carolina expects to start making money on his solar investment after five years. (Gaston Gazette)
Lease or buy a rooftop solar system? Here’s how to decide. (National Public Radio)

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CLIMATE:
• Two of Kentucky’s top climate and energy officials are dismissed. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Virginia is the lone Southeast state collaborating with 16 others in a new push for cleaner energy and transportation. (Associated Press)
• New research spurs a Florida county to step up planning for rising sea levels. (The Florida Times-Union)

WIND: Offshore wind navigates “unchartered” waters amid low oil and gas prices and its own declining costs. (Coastal Review Online)

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant recovers from a brief outage to celebrate a record for generating electricity during a calendar quarter. (Wilmington Business Journal)

OIL & GAS: A supplier of natural gas to utilities throughout the Southeast relocates its headquarters to Columbia, South Carolina. (ColaDaily.com)

COAL ASH:
• South Carolina lawmakers move to restrict coal ash from other states. (Greenville News)
Residents of Anson County, North Carolina prepare to fight a Duke Energy coal ash dump pegged for their county. (Anson Record)
• Opponents of Dominion Virginia Power’s plans to dispose of coal ash wastewater near the Potomac River have a new ally: Maryland. (The Washington Post)

COAL: Alabama-based Walter Energy closes the sale of certain assets to an affiliate of the nonprofit Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund. (SNL)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: State regulators in Virginia and West Virginia are among those caught in the crossfire of Clean Power Plan advocates and opponents since the Supreme Court’s stay. (Scientific American)

PIPELINES:
• Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia unveil a study asserting costs would outweigh the benefits to localities along its proposed path. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• The Virginia Supreme Court takes up an appeal by landowners in the southwest part of the state challenging companies’ rights to survey their land. (Associated Press)
• A newly-proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline spares national forests but would affect more landowners. (Climate Progress)
• West Virginia lawmakers advance a pipeline emergency response bill. (West Virginia Public Radio)
Residents of a North Carolina county plead with officials to reject the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through their properties. (Fayetteville Observer)

2010 GULF OIL SPILL: Lawyers for BP and federal prosecutors present their opening arguments in what is likely the last trial involving a rig worker. (Associated Press)

LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS: Faulty terminal wiring is delaying the first-ever export shipments from Louisiana. (Bloomberg)

WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountain State is looking at annual revenue losses of more than $100 million if it cuts the coal severance tax from 5 percent to 2 percent. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register)

COMMENTARY:
• The TVA has the power to go green. (Nashville Banner)
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ‘gets’ how cleaner energy makes economic sense. (NRDC Switchboard)
• Former NRG CEO David Crane outlines how clean tech might be able to save clean coal. (GreenBiz.com)
• How a Virginia-based, bankrupt coal producer is putting its balance sheet ahead of 4,500 workers’ health and other benefits. (Climate Progress)
• Don’t underestimate the influence of surfers in Florida to illuminate the risks of offshore drilling. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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