Southeast Energy News

A coal giant announces his retirement

COAL: Coal baron Robert Murray announces he will retire after more than six decades as one of the industry’s most combative and outspoken advocates. (Wheeling News-Register)

ALSO: West Virginia University researchers develop methane sensors that could reduce the chance of explosions in longwall mining. (WBOY)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors is expected to announce today that it will build electric Cadillac SUVs at a Tennessee factory. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Chattanooga is set to give Volkswagen an industrial park site for an electric vehicle battery testing lab. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A northern Virginia city unveils three electric buses — the first in northern Virginia — with eight more expected by 2021. (DCist)

UTILITIES: A nonprofit advocates for deregulating Oklahoma’s electrical utilities to let commercial customers choose where they buy electricity. (Oklahoman)

OIL & GAS:
• As market demand for oil has fallen, two Permian Basin shale producers look to consolidate and scale up. (Wall Street Journal)
• A power plant operator says it will convert a natural gas plant on the Ohio River to burn hydrogen with no carbon dioxide emissions. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• A Texas official disputes a study that says state taxpayers will pay $117 billion to cap abandoned oil and gas wells. (Center Square)
• Analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas predict the oil industry won’t recover from the coronavirus pandemic until 2022. (San Antonio Express-News)

POWER PLANTS:
• An 88 MW North Carolina power plant that has routinely failed to meet state and federal clean air standards will shut down next year. (Coastal Review)
• A coal-fired Santee Cooper power plant hasn’t updated its water pollution permits for a decade, leading to fish consumption advisories and a lawsuit. (Charleston Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• Virginia’s solar industry is growing but at uneven rates across different parts of the state. (WVTF)
• Duke Energy wants Florida regulators to approve a subscription-based program to fund $1 billion in new solar farms across the state. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• Entergy Arkansas and NextEra Energy Resources will begin construction next month of a 100 MW solar farm with battery power, the largest in Arkansas. (Arkansas Business)

EFFICIENCY: A Texas county considers a financing program to encourage commercial and multi-family property owners to invest in energy efficiency measures. (Community Impact Newspaper)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Georgia industrial park launches a tech incubator for clean energy and sustainability. (Savannah Morning News)
• An Oklahoma workforce group promotes a new program to train students for careers in the rapidly changing energy sector. (Tulsa World)

COMMENTARY: A pitch to cool data centers using water in abandoned coal mines may give southwestern Virginia an edge against places with better-trained workforces, says a newspaper editorial. (Roanoke Times)

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