CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• The impact of the Clean Power Plan on industry will vary. (The Wall Street Journal)
• Opponents are expected to challenge the plan via bureaucratic, legislative and legal challenges in both federal and state courts. (The Hill)
• “Confident” they will prevail, opponents of the new plan led by West Virginia’s Attorney General assert its legal foundation is “very shaky.” (Associated Press)
• The National Mining Association formally asked the Obama administration to stay the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. (The Hill)
• A Q & A about the plan answers questions such as: What happens if a state doesn’t comply? (Associated Press)
• Energy efficiency measures won’t earn credits under the final plan and natural gas won’t play as big a role as envisioned (EnergyWire)
• President Obama pledged to address coal’s legacy liabilities and provide new economic opportunities in Appalachia and elsewhere. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

VIRGINIA: An aide to Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the final Clean Power Plan for Virginia eased emissions targets for the state compared to the rules proposed in 2014. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

WEST VIRGINIA: Elected officials in the Mountaineer state appear unanimous in their plans to prevent implementation of the Clean Power Plan. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

KENTUCKY: Politicians and residents decry the potential impact of the Clean Power Plan on coal-dependent communities in the eastern part of the state. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

TENNESSEE: The soon-to-be-operational Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor looks to play a key role in the state’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Two nuclear reactors under construction in the Palmetto State could ease its compliance with the Clean Power Plan, along with renewable sources and natural gas. (The State)

SOLAR: Demand for roof-top solar in Louisiana is booming with the expiration after 2016 of both state and federal tax credits. (The Times-Picayune)

COAL: Virginia-based coal producer Alpha Natural Resources filed Monday for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

PIPELINES: A unit of Florida-based NextEra Energy makes its first-ever investment in pipelines in part to transmit gas from Texas to Mexico. (Bloomberg)

STARTUPS: Private investors in New Orleans join to launch a new business accelerator geared toward Louisiana oil and gas startups. (The Times-Picayune)

OIL EXPORTS: Support in Congress for lifting the nation’s decades-long ban on the export of crude oil “is picking up steam,” U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-LA, said Monday. (The Times-Picayune)

COMMENTARY:
The Clean Power Plan provides a path for a safer climate and catalyst for clean energy jobs in the Southeast. (Southern Environmental Law Center blog)
Clean energy is a political juggernaut; should it leave climate change behind? (Vox)
• BP oil spill settlement money for Alabama should be spent on coastal initiatives, not relegated to the state’s general fund. (Alabama Media Group)

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Jim Pierobon

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.