Southeast Energy News

Alabama Power plans new gas plant, added solar capacity

GRID: Alabama Power announces plans to build a new natural gas-fired power plant and increase solar capacity by 400 MW to meet winter demand and increase grid reliability. (Alabama Political Reporter)

ALSO: Tennessee Valley Authority works to meet peak power demands as Chattanooga hits record high temperatures. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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RENEWABLES: AEP, which serves customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, increases its carbon emission reduction goal from 60% by 2030 to 70% by the same year. (Renewables Now)

• A battle over the site of a proposed solar project in Virginia, near a Civil War battlefield, is likely to repeat itself all over the country, industry experts say. (Washington Post)
• A Kentucky utility partners with Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery to build a solar array at its property that will generate 268,000 kWh per year. (Power Engineering)
• A North Carolina nonprofit is funding the construction of solar arrays at five local schools. (Solar Power World)

WIND: A Texas startup says it has created a process to recycle old wind turbine blades that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. (NPR) 

EMISSIONS: Osceola County, Florida, considers a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with development and other initiatives through 2060. (Florida Politics)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Texas barbeque restaurant that sells gasoline works to transition to electric vehicle chargers. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Court arguments over the fate of coal stockpiled on five sites owned by Blackjewel in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia will resume tomorrow. (Coalfield Progress)

OIL & GAS: Heirs of a landowner who paid $1.50 an acre for land in the Permian Basin in Texas in 1913 are now the biggest and wealthiest private landowners in the U.S. because of oil and gas reserves. (Houston Chronicle)

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PIPELINES: A man who chained himself to pipeline equipment to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia is placed on probation. (Martinsville Bulletin)

COMMENTARY: Unless oil and gas companies retool their businesses, investors will lose more money and workers will lose more jobs, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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