New Orleans fines Entergy for paid actors but OKs power plant

NATURAL GAS: The New Orleans City Council approves an Entergy natural gas plant while fining the company $5 million for using paid actors to influence the decision. (The Lens)

ALSO:
• Shelby County, Tennessee health officials place rules on how TVA can use wells at a natural gas plant. (Memphis Flyer)
• The majority of Tampa, Florida’s mayoral candidates oppose building a fracked gas plant and relying on fossil fuels. (Florida Politics)

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Alabama Power will close century-old coal plant

COAL: Alabama Power says it will close a 100-year old coal-fired power plant and blames “federally driven environmental mandates.” (AL.com)

ALSO: West Virginia coal miners and supporters rally at the state capitol in support of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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SOLAR:
• A solar developer in southwest Virginia is looking for partners for a commercial-scale solar purchase.

S.C. utility accidentally pumps coal ash into river

COAL ASH: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper says it pumped mud from a coal ash pit into the Waccamaw River by mistake. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia bill awaiting the governor’s signature would raise the state’s net metering cap for electric cooperatives. (Energy News Network)
• An oversight agency rules that a Texas solar company did not provide the service or savings promised to customers in Puerto Rico. (Energy News Network)
• Roberta, Georgia residents learn about rooftop solar at a workshop in their community. (WGXA)

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Virginia coal ash cleanup bills head to governor’s desk

COAL: Tennessee Valley Authority issues a draft operating plan that calls for a shift from coal to natural gas and distributed generation as the electricity sector evolves in the Southeast. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
• Two bills requiring Dominion Energy to clean up 28 million tons of coal ash at four sites head to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for approval. (Roanoke Star)
• Some North Carolina residents who use well water near Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities can have their water tested for free. (WCNC)

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Mountain Valley Pipeline under federal investigation

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers disclose to investors that they are under federal criminal investigation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: On top of legal challenges and environmental criticism, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline now faces growing wariness from investors as Moody’s downgrades the project’s rating. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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