Louisiana judge: Bayou Bridge Pipeline can seize private property

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• A Louisiana judge rules that Energy Transfer Partners trespassed but has the right to seize private property to build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (Times-Picayune)
• Virginia environmental groups will conserve a small park with Mountain Valley Pipeline development money paid to offset forest damage from construction. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• The CEO of TVA says the utility will keep replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas, nuclear, and renewables.

Tennessee airport will soon run on 100 percent solar

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• Democrats’ gains in North Carolina improve the prospects for clean energy legislation, but few expect state lawmakers to tackle thornier issues like coal ash or climate change. (Energy News Network)
• The U.S. Senate votes to advance Trump’s controversial FERC nominee despite West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s vote against him. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• The Chattanooga, Tennessee airport will soon be the first airfield in the U.S. to run on 100 percent solar power.

Oil and gas growth strains Texas power grid

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SOLAR:
• Virginia solar developers learn how to integrate projects with their surroundings to ease land-use disputes. (Energy News Network)
• Alabama A&M University will swap out diesel buses for electric ones.

N.C. ‘clean coal’ plants fail to cut air pollutants, investigation shows

COAL:
• Two Duke Energy “clean coal” plants in North Carolina pumped out more nitrogen oxides than before they switched to burning refined coal, according to an analysis of U.S. EPA data. (Reuters)
• Some Pikeville, Kentucky residents hope the healthcare industry can replace lost coal jobs. (PBS Newshour)

COAL ASH: Dozens of plaintiffs must link their illness or death to coal ash exposure during the cleanup of TVA’s 2008 Kingston coal ash spill after a jury found the contracting company guilty of failing to protect them. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• If solar panels were installed on all new Texas homes and apartment buildings by 2045, the state could see a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and reduce air pollution, a new study says. (San Antonio Current)
• Palm Beach County, Florida residents discover the economic benefits of rooftop solar by utilizing solar cooperatives.

TVA pulls out of Alabama nuclear plant deal; company sues

NUCLEAR:
• The company seeking to buy Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant sues Tennessee Valley Authority for breach of contract after it pulled out of a deal. (AL.com)
• A Georgia Public Service Commission runoff race reignites the debate over the Vogtle nuclear plant. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Dominion Energy’s latest offer to buy SCANA would require the average SCE&G customer to pay $1,600 each for the failed nuclear project before it’s paid off in 20 years. (Post and Courier)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration allows seismic testing for oil and gas companies in the Atlantic Ocean, saying companies can “incidentally, but not intentionally, harass marine mammals.” (Texas Public Radio)

WIND:
• An industrial gas company partners with NextEra to buy power from a Texas wind farm. (North American Wind Power)
• North Carolina towns have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from the state’s wind moratorium.