Daily Digest

Virginia lawmakers reject ban on Dominion campaign cash

POLITICS: Dominion Energy’s political donations will continue in Virginia after lawmakers rejected a bill that would have barred campaign contributions from public service corporations. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL ASH: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says Duke Energy, not its customers, should pay for cleaning up coal ash dumps around the state. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The governors of both North and South Carolina have separately urged U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reconsider his department’s offshore drilling expansion plans. (Coastal Review, Post and Courier)
• At a rally in Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker said the plan would put half a billion blue crabs at risk. (Capital Gazette)
• Coastal businesses and commercial fishing families want more time to offer comments on the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (Coastal Review)

MORE OIL & GAS:
• The Mississippi Senate wants to reserve money from its BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement for Gulf Coast projects. (Associated Press)
• The cost of the 2010 oil spill continues to rise, with BP telling investors Tuesday its costs grew by $1.7 billion. (The Hill)
• Norfolk Southern says it’s completed cleanup of a spill that dumped more than a thousand gallons of oil into Tennessee’s Citico Creek. (Times Free Press)

SOLAR
• Families are moving into what’s being called America’s first solar-powered town, about half an hour northeast of Fort Myers, Florida. (CBS News)
• Royal Dutch Shell is acquiring a 44 percent stake of Silicon Ranch, the Nashville-based solar company started by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. (Nashville Business Journal)
• A local board advanced plans for a 1 MW solar farm on a capped landfill on Georgia’s Jekyll Island. (Brunswick News)

UTILITIES
• Florida Power & Light Co. plans to use its federal tax savings on Hurricane Irma-related costs, eliminating the need for a storm surcharge. (Sun Sentinel)
• Mississippi regulators wants utilities to submit plans for how they will credit their federal tax deductions and rebates to customers. (Mississippi Today)

COAL: In Grundy, Virginia, residents say the coal industry has picked up since President Trump took office, but the uptick is minor compared to historical levels and recent job losses. (The Independent, West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

GAS TAX: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for a gasoline tax increase to pay for infrastructure projects. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY
• A tariff on imported solar cells would artificially raise prices and hurt the United States’ burgeoning domestic solar industry. (USA Today)
• West Virginia public schools should take the lead in energy efficiency. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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