Daily Digest

South’s largest wind farm poised to begin generating electricity

WIND:
• Amazon is ready to begin operating the South’s first large-scale wind farm near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. (Eco Watch)
• A Virginia developer says it’s moving forward with a large wind farm in North Carolina despite a county’s rejection of a permit. (Triangle Business Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• In an interview, the CEO of Toshiba America Energy Systems explains why the company chose Charlotte as its new U.S. energy hub. (Southeast Energy News)
Shares of Toshiba plunged after warning it might take a multi-million dollar write down tied to construction delays and cost overruns at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. (Wall Street Journal)
• A showdown looms at Florida’s Supreme Court over whether Florida Power & Light should be required to bury dozens of transmission lines underground for new reactors at its Turkey Point plant. (News Service of Florida)
• A judge’s ruling means customers of Duke Energy Florida won’t have to pay a nuclear contractor $352 million over disputed costs of a nuclear plant it opted not build. (Tampa Bay Times)

PIPELINES:
• Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline vow to continue fighting after long-awaited federal draft environmental impact statement says it would have some “significant” impacts that could be minimized. (The News Virginian, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Environmental groups sue Kinder Morgan over alleged continuing pollution from a 2014 oil pipeline spill in South Carolina. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
Activists vow to continue fighting the Sabal Trail and other proposed pipelines amid their expected support from President-elect Trump. (InsideClimate News)

COAL ASH:
Duke Energy and ratepayer advocates gird for a likely showdown over who pays for the excavation and disposal of its coal ash. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• In South Carolina, a company is prevailing thus far in legal battles over its claimed right to build an ash landfill. (Greenville News)
• Officials await results from tests of water that leaked from a closed ash basin in Gaston County, North Carolina. (Progressive Pulse)

SOLAR:
• Charlotte moves to reuse the first of several landfills as sites for solar farms. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• After a surge of interest, relatively few homeowners in Georgia are following through with purchases of rooftop systems. (WXIA)

CLIMATE:
Norfolk and Virginia Beach leaders push the state government to mitigate flooding by creating a new Cabinet position. (The Virginian-Pilot)
These images illustrate the slow creep of rising sea levels in Louisiana. (Curbed)
Scientists in Florida persevere in trying to meet with President-elect Trump to detail their concerns about climate change. (Palm Beach Post)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Virginia’s attorney general joins colleagues in 14 other states warning of legal action if President-elect Trump scraps the Clean Power Plan. (Climate Home)

COAL:
Disabled former workers in Kentucky are desperate after their lawyer is caught in a federal probe. (Associated Press)
• Various efforts illustrate how difficult it is to revitalize once coal-dependent communities in Appalachia(CleanTechnica)
• The nine deaths attributable to mining in 2016 is the lowest ever. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Florida Power & Light shuts down a coal-fired power plant. (Palm Beach Post)
Three coal ash stories to follow in 2017. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy moves closer to saving a coal-fired power plant by transferring it to its West Virginia subsidiary. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

NORTH CAROLINA:
• The leader of the state’s environmental agency takes a voluntary demotion to avoid being fired by incoming Gov. Roy Cooper. (Associated Press)
Five energy and environment developments to follow in 2017. (Charlotte Observer)

FLORIDA: How energy and environmental fights in 2016 set the stage for fresh battles in 2017. (POLITICO Florida)

BIOMASS: An exporter of wooden pellets as an alternative to coal sends its first shipment to Europe. (Triangle Business Journal)

OIL & GAS: A producer asks West Virginia’s Supreme Court to reverse a ruling prohibiting tax deductions for royalties paid to landowners. (Charleston Gazette Mail)

FRACKING: A study conducted with West Virginia University finds noise from fracking may contribute to adverse health outcomes. (Dominion Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A business leader in South Carolina asks why the Atlantic coast south of Virginia did not receive a permanent ban on offshore drilling and seismic testing. (The Post and Courier)
• A Georgia utility commissioner envisions a brighter future for nuclear under President-elect Trump. (Southern Political Report)
• A Kentucky proposal to streamline the siting of coal ash dumps is reckless. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
• To revive Virginia’s coal communities, reduce corporate taxes and make community college free for residents. (Roanoke Times)

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