Coal bankruptcy could leave massive environmental mess for taxpayers and communities

COAL: Kentucky residents worry that bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel may abandon many of its unreclaimed surface mines, leaving a massive environmental mess for taxpayers and communities. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

ALSO: A new report says the cost of reclaiming nearly half a million billion acres of mined land in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee may amount to $6 billion — more than twice than the $2.5 billion available in bonds for cleanup. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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Florida developer proposes solar to power housing development

SOLAR: A Florida real estate developer plans to build a 300 MW solar facility — one of the largest in the state — to complement a 10,000-house development already under way. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

ALSO:
• Houston’s city council votes unanimously to lease a closed landfill in a historically Black neighborhood for a solar farm. (Houston Chronicle)
• A southwestern Virginia planning commission voted to recommend approval of a 280 MW solar project, the largest in the region. (Roanoke Times)
• A county planning board in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley narrowly votes to deny a permit for a solar farm. (Staunton News Leader)

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Virginia lawmakers push for stricter oversight of state’s biggest utility

OVERSIGHT: A group of Virginia lawmakers prepares to push for stricter oversight of Dominion Energy, a longtime political behemoth in the state and its largest utility. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Months after record participation by state and local governments helped pass an ambitious building energy code update, the organization that oversees the process is taking steps that would sideline thousands of public sector members from voting on future updates. (Energy News Network)

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Forest Service greenlights Mountain Valley Pipeline’s passage, again

PIPELINES: The U.S. Forest Service approves the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s passage through 3.5 miles of Jefferson National Forest, and environmental groups sue to appeal the decision. (Roanoke Times, WDBJ)

SOLAR:
• A public-private partnership involving Amazon and Dominion Energy will enable a northern Virginia county to obtain at least 80% of its municipal electricity from a solar farm. (Energy News Network)
• A West Virginia city announces a 100 MW solar facility will be built on the site of a former explosives factory. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• An Arkansas city partners with a solar developer for two new facilities that will eventually provide all municipal power. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Gulf Power begins construction on a 74 MW solar project in Florida while seeking permits for a second plant about the same size.

Major solar proposal on agenda in southwestern Virginia

SOLAR: An Appalachian Virginia county considers a proposed 300 MW solar farm, which would be by far the largest in the region and one of the largest in the state. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: A coastal Virginia county school division partners with Dominion Energy and Sun Tribe Solar to install solar panels on school buildings. (Daily Press)

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