Alabama Power customers challenge high solar fees

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! SOLAR: Alabama residents and solar groups will challenge Alabama Power’s residential solar fees —which they say are some of the highest in the nation — in front of utility regulators this week. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Shenandoah University in Virginia now has the largest rooftop solar system of any college or university in the state. (Winchester Star)
• Richmond, Virginia, will host a weeklong program to train up to 20 young people to install solar panels.

North Carolina will move forward with offshore wind study, governor says

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! WIND: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority says 85% of the 154 companies that buy its power in the South have agreed to new 20-year deals, but its biggest customer, a Memphis utility, has not yet signed. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light customers will see a dip in their bills early next year because of lower natural gas prices, but it likely won’t last as the utility charges more for storm protection upgrades.

N.C. governor: Offshore wind must be part of energy future

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! WIND: Gov. Roy Cooper tells a wind energy conference he wants to end legislative battles over wind energy and make offshore projects part of North Carolina’s clean energy mix. (WFAE) 

ALSO: A renewable energy developer orders 494 MW of GE wind turbines for two projects in Oklahoma and South Dakota. (Renewables Now)

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New lawsuit filed over 2008 TVA coal ash spill

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! COAL ASH: A Roane County, Tennessee, woman files a class-action lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor, alleging that TVA concealed leaks of toxic chemicals during the 2008 coal ash spill. (WVLT)

NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear power plants, particularly in Southeast states, are at risk of climate change effects like hurricanes and flooding, a researcher says. (S&P Global)
• A leaking pipe at the V.C Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina is posing “little to no safety significance’’ according to nuclear regulators.

Bankrupt Kentucky coal company cited for dozens of environmental problems

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! COAL: A bankrupt Kentucky coal company that owes pay to hundreds of miners has been cited for dozens of environmental violations in recent months and has not taken action to clean up the problems, according to a court motion. (Lexington Herald Leader)

ALSO: Former coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship says he will run for president in 2020 as a Constitution Party candidate. (The Hill)

***SPONSORED LINK: MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) has convened hundreds of installers, developers, policymakers, and financiers for the 12th annual Solar Focus Conference.