Daily Digest

Two universities rethink proposed Duke Energy plants on their campuses

NATURAL GAS: 
• A controversial power plant on the Duke University campus is now in limbo as the university trustees delay a vote on the proposed project. (Triad Business Journal)
• Meanwhile, in response to local opposition, Clemson University is reconsidering the proposed site on campus of a Duke Energy plant. (Charlotte Business Journal)

UTILITIES: in a Q&A, a Virginia lawmaker explains why he’ll no longer accept campaign donations from Dominion as he fights a law impacting the way customers are charged. (Southeast Energy News)

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WIND: A third measure has been introduced in a North Carolina House committee that imposes new restrictions on wind farms, ostensibly over concerns about compatibility with military bases. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
• U.S. coal exports may increase as China turns away North Korean coal, but analysts aren’t predicting a comeback for the struggling industry. (WV Public Broadcasting)
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The Trump administration’s environmental deregulations are not likely to boost tax revenues in coal-heavy states, including West Virginia. (Bloomberg BNA)
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In parts of coal country, environmental regulations are creating jobs, not killing them. (WV Public Broadcasting)
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Virginia’s Norfolk Southern railway says it is still committed to investing in coal. (Platts)

FRACKING: A nonprofit environmental group says the threat of fracking damage puts the Rappahannock River in Virginia at No. 5 of the 10 most-threatened rivers in the country. (Roanoke Times)

OIL: A Florida senator says he will fight drilling for oil off the state’s coast. (SaintPetersBlog)

NUCLEAR:
• Following the release of its $9.2 billion loss related to Westinghouse’s bankruptcy filing, parent-company Toshiba’s survival is now being questioned. (Post and Courier)
• The future of the Vogtle project has become an issue in Georgia’s Sixth District congressional race. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

SOLAR:
• One the top financiers of PACE projects is the subject of a federal court lawsuit under charges that the company fails to disclose loan limitations to its Florida consumers. (Sun Sentinel)
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Atlanta-based Suniva, which has said U.S. producers are under attack from producers in Asia, is facing difficulties because of U.S.-China trade relations. (Global Atlanta)
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A country in Virginia struggles with taxing and zoning issues as several solar companies are contacting landowners there about leasing their land for solar farms. (Free Lance-Star)
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Tennessee has installed its first solar-powered public charging station at a shopping center in Knoxville. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial says Dominion Virginia Power “should be applauded” for not contesting an amendment that requires the company study and assess potential coal ash pollution before seeking storage permits. (Free Lance-Star)
• The director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network says a coal mining bill being considered by state lawmakers is a multi-million dollar waste of taxpayer money. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
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Falling energy prices are affecting Mississippi as the state faces revenue shortfalls and related budget cuts. (Meridian Star)

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