Southeast Energy News

Alabama environmental group warns of coal ash pollution, risk

COAL ASH: An Alabama environmental group warns a coal ash pond on the banks of the Mobile River is contaminating the river, groundwater and soil. (AL.com)

MORE: A group paddling on Lake Sinclair spotted coal ash waste seeping from ponds at Georgia Power’s Harllee Branch power plant. (The Eaton Messenger)

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POLITICS:
• Dominion Energy threatens to withdraw its offer to buy SCANA if South Carolina lawmakers vote to lower customers’ bills by 13 percent. (The State)
• South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says it’s “egregious” that a state-owned utility lobbied against its own sale. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Florida and Tennessee added solar jobs in 2017 despite a decline nationally, according to new industry jobs report. (Miami Herald, Times Free Press)

PIPELINES:
• In a rare rejection, federal officials deny a request from Atlantic Coast Pipeline builders to extend tree-cutting past a seasonal deadline meant to protect endangered bats and migratory birds. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters erect a blockade on an access road in Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

COAL:
• A Kentucky man dies in the state’s first coal mining fatality of the year. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Congress and the White House increase funding for 28 black lung clinics in 15 coal mining states. (NPR)
• The Alabama Coal Association names a new president. (Daily Mountain Eagle)

NATURAL GAS:
• In West Virginia, where coal has always been king, natural gas threatens to topple more than a century of tradition. (WVNews)
• A proposed 630 MW natural gas power plant in West Virginia would create about 400 jobs during construction. (WVNews)
• A contractor is hired to oversee construction of a 475 MW natural gas power plant in North Carolina. (Hartford Business)

WIND: Wind energy has yet to go mainstream in West Virginia, which ranks 25th nationally for installed wind capacity. (WVNews)

GEOTHERMAL: About 200 homes in a Louisville, Kentucky, neighborhood are now heated and cooled with a geothermal system (WAVE 3 News)

BIOGAS: Duke Energy starts generating electricity in eastern North Carolina with natural gas sourced from hog waste. (WFAE)

NUCLEAR: Spent uranium from the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is being down-blended to be used in nuclear power reactors. (Knox News)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas industry experts say West Virginia’s co-tenancy bill will greatly impact how Marcellus Shale wells are drilled. (Exponent Telegram)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Florida is making progress on clean energy. (Florida Times-Union)

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