Southeast Energy News

Alabama Power loses operating license for seven dams

HYDROPOWER: Federal regulators vacate a license for seven Alabama Power dams along the Catoosa River over effects the operations have on plants and animals. (Montgomery Advertiser)

SOLAR:
Officials approve a 120 MW solar farm in Dougherty County, Georgia, that the developer says will bring local economic and reliability benefits. (Albany Herald)
Oklahoma’s attorney general issues an opinion that could help clear hurdles for third-party solar ownership. (Utility Dive)
The EPA confirms that a toxic chemical used to make Teflon is also found in some solar panel components, but its research doesn’t address health or environmental risks. (Carolina Journal)
Orangeburg County, South Carolina officials approve incentives for a $28 million solar farm called “Project Olive.” (Times and Democrat)

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NUCLEAR:
Santee Cooper executives weighed whether or not to tell investors about an audit of the utility’s failed nuclear project, documents show. (Post and Courier)
A Tennessee real estate developer and President Trump donor was in talks with Tennessee Valley Authority about selling power from two unfinished nuclear reactors, documents show. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pinellas County, Florida’s transit agency receives a $1 million grant to buy two electric buses. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

WIND: Oklahoma is second in the nation for utility-scale wind capacity and third for total wind generation, according to a recent Energy Department report. (Enid News & Eagle)

UTILITIES: Utilities like Southern Company welcome more state control over coal-fired power plants under the Trump administration but say they still plan to move forward with cleaner energy. (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH: TVA will move forward with its plan to reconsider how it manages coal ash at a coal-fired power plant in Western Kentucky. (Paducah Sun)

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OIL AND GAS:
There isn’t enough pipeline infrastructure to keep up with Texas’ oil boom, so some producers are moving elsewhere. (Yahoo Finance)
Natural gas flaring is on the rise as oil drillers burn excess natural gas to keep crude oil flowing. (Dallas Morning News)

COMMENTARY: A new community solar farm in rural South Carolina helps raise awareness about environmental health and justice, write a reverend and an environmental advocate. (Energy News Network)

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