Why Arizona utilities will likely ignore voters on clean energy

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK: Got a minute? Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey. UTILITIES: Arizona’s governor acknowledges that legislation he signed earlier this year, crafted with help from the state’s largest utility, will allow utilities to ignore a clean energy mandate should voters approve it in November. (Capitol Media Services)

SUSTAINABILITY: Two California universities are taking new steps to eliminate carbon emissions from their buildings. (Greentech Media)

***SPONSORED LINK: Secure your spot for the EVs & the Grid Workshop, October 10-12 in West Hollywood, California.

As Florence flooding continues, coal ash spill impact unknown

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK: Got a minute? Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey. COAL ASH: North Carolina’s Cape Fear River continues to flood coal ash sites, and the environmental and public health impact is still unknown. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• In South Carolina, rising floodwaters spill into a coal ash pit owned by utility Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)   
• What is coal ash and why is it dangerous?

Cleveland announces 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK: Got a minute? Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey. RENEWABLES: Cleveland announces a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050, though advocates say the plan lacks details. (InsideClimate News)

STORAGE: Amid an $800 million upgrade, the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant in western Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables. (Energy News Network)

***SPONSORED LINK: Secure your spot at the Michigan Energy Innovators Gala featuring guest speaker and Tendril CEO Adrian Tuck on November 14 in East Lansing.

Coal ash spills’ toll unknown as flooding continues at power plant

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK: Got a minute? Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey. COAL ASH: The Cape Fear River in North Carolina continues to to flood coal ash sites at Duke Energy’s Sutton power plant, and the full extent of its environmental and public health impact is unknown. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• The Energy Department says it would demand quick repayment of nearly $6 billion in federal loans if owners cancel the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion. (Associated Press)
• A federal appeals court denies a request by SCE&G to stop temporary rate cuts for customers paying for a failed nuclear plant.

Cost to build natural gas pipelines rising in Northeast

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK: Got a minute? Help us improve the Energy News Network by taking this short survey. PIPELINES: It’s becoming more expensive to build natural gas pipeline projects in the Northeast, partly due to regulatory scrutiny and states denying necessary permits, according to a recent study. (Argus)

ALSO:
• Three communities outside Boston that experienced a series of natural gas explosions this month were relying on an outdated system of cast-iron pipes that experts say “should have been taken out years ago.” (The Eagle-Tribune)
• A proposed 27-mile liquefied natural gas pipeline in New Hampshire is expected to receive more scrutiny after the explosions. (SeacoastOnline)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join 500+ attendees for REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Fast, Together with keynote speakers Katherine Hamilton, chair of 38 North Solutions, and Gordon Van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England, October 18-19 in Burlington, Vermont.***

OIL & GAS: A Philadelphia gas company proposes building a new liquefied natural gas facility in South Philadelphia, but environmentalists are wary of the health and safety risks.