Southeast Energy News

Alabama Power will close century-old coal plant

COAL: Alabama Power says it will close a 100-year old coal-fired power plant and blames “federally driven environmental mandates.” (AL.com)

ALSO: West Virginia coal miners and supporters rally at the state capitol in support of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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SOLAR:
• A solar developer in southwest Virginia is looking for partners for a commercial-scale solar purchase. (Coalfield Progress)
• More Kentucky and Arkansas homeowners are turning to solar for lower energy bills. (WKYT, KNWA)
• The first solar plant in Miami-Dade County, powered by Florida Power & Light, is now in service. (Miami Times)
• Walt Disney World’s new solar facility comes online, and the company says it will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of two of its four theme parks. (Theme Park Insider)
• A construction company finishes work on an advance solar module assembly plant for LG Electronics in Huntsville, Alabama. (Birmingham Business Journal)
• A developer will build a 250 MW solar project in Texas. (Renewables Now)

NUCLEAR:
• Southern Company says the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is ahead of schedule. (Power Magazine)
• The Justice Department says a lawsuit by a Florida utility could jeopardize the completion of the reactors. (Bond Buyer)

PIPELINES:
• Pipeline safety regulations that could prevent explosions aren’t keeping up with the pipeline boom in Appalachia. (Rolling Stone)
• Energy, utility and manufacturing industry interests urge an appellate court to reconsider a decision that would overhaul crossings for pipelines on the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• The Texas agency responsible for plugging oil and gas wells isn’t doing it fast enough to keep up with new ones being abandoned. (KUT)
• An energy group focused on infrastructure and social problems in the Permian Basin chooses a new executive director. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina conservation groups suing the Trump administration to stop offshore oil and gas drilling ask a federal judge to halt seismic testing until their case is heard. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The House Natural Resources Committee just took an important step in trying to find out why the Interior Department halted a study about health risks of surface mining, says a Human Rights Watch researcher. (The Hill)
• South Texas is becoming a hotspot for wind energy, a columnist says. (Rio Grande Guardian)
• Wind energy is poised to boost North Carolina’s economy, a manufacturing executive writes. (WRAL)

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