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West Virginia county weighs state’s first ban on disposal of fracking waste

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FRACKING:
• A West Virginia county is set Tuesday to consider the state’s first ban on the disposal of fracking waste. (The Register-Herald)
• A West Virginia lawmaker says the state must pass “forced pooling” of natural gas production or lose jobs and tax revenues to neighboring states. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register)

SOLAR:
• The two-year budget proposed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe includes $2 million to incentivize solar by third-party developers as well as utilities. (Inside Business)
• The extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit looks to extend the solar boom in North Carolina. (Fayetteville Observer)
Six national parks in Virginia now deploy solar energy. (National Parks Traveler)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Arkansas and other states prepare their final comments about the plan, which are due January 21. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

GEOTHERMAL: Ground source heat pumps are set to heat and cool a large development in a historic district in Fayetteville, North Carolina. (Kinston.com)

UTILITIES:
• The utilities serving West Virginia file plans for more renewable sources of power, but coal will remain king for a long time. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The TVA has begun building a nearly $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in Memphis. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The CEO of Dominion Resources tells Virginia business leaders nuclear deserves a better chance to mitigate climate change. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A West Virginia company begins building the nation’s first plant to convert municipal sold waste into fuel for steel mills. (Renewable Energy from Waste)

COAL ASH:
Virginia is to decide this week whether to allow Dominion Virginia Power to divert treated water from several coal ash ponds into a nearby creek. (Washington Post)
• North Carolina sets 14 public hearings in March about preliminary risk evaluations of coal ash pits in the state. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Who pays for reclaiming strip mines is becoming a thorny issue as more coal companies fail in Appalachia. (Forbes)
• West Virginia assesses declining demand for its coal. (The Intelligencer / Wheeling News Register)
• Kentucky utilities are increasingly buying coal produced in other states. (McClatchy Newspapers)
• Fewer West Virginia coal miners failed drug tests in 2015 compared to 2014. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• Two energy companies file for a new pipeline and two compressor stations serving Virginia and West Virginia. (Associated Press)
• Critics of Kinder Morgan’s plans for a pipeline spanning South Carolina, Georgia and northeast Florida spotlight its safety record in other states. (Savannah Morning News)

WEST VIRGINIA: The state’s economic challenges are multiplying as relatively low natural gas prices add to the pain amid coal’s decline. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial blasts North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for meeting privately with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good and other company executives. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• The mayor of Charleston, South Carolina calls for continuing efforts to mitigate rising sea levels after 10 years in office. (The Post and Courier)

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