Southeast Energy News

Alabama regulators plan public hearing on solar fees complaint

SOLAR: Alabama utility regulators schedule a public hearing on a complaint challenging a monthly fee Alabama Power charges customers who install solar panels. (

• Kingsport, Tennessee, school officials advance a plan that would allow solar panels to be installed on school buildings and property. (WJHL)
• Developers of a proposed solar farm in Rowan County, North Carolina, withdraw their application after opposition from residents. (WBTV)
• Annual operations and maintenance costs for solar energy projects are expected to double in five years, according to a report by a research firm. (Houston Chronicle)
• Arkansas regulators will reopen conversations about expanding the state’s net metering program with a market-based approach. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Arkansas clean energy advocates hold a summit to examine utility trends, hear from industry leaders and give awards for energy efficiency. (Arkansas Business)

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GRID: Dominion Energy will hold a public hearing on its plan to upgrade the state’s electric grid. (E&E News, subscription)

• The Trump administration’s effort to speed up three major pipeline projects backfires as they’re stalled by legal challenges from environmental groups. (Reuters)
• Virginia police arrest a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester who chained himself to a helicopter at a work site. (WSLS)
• A Dallas pipeline operator receives $500 million in private equity funding to expand its oil field water operations. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS: More than 50,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a Phillips 66 refinery near New Orleans last week. (

• The federal government launches a fraud investigation into bankrupt coal company Blackjewel. (Associated Press)
• A Kentucky coal company’s subsidiaries owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to local governments that would go to local schools. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A Kentucky coal company is closing three mines and two preparation plants in West Virginia. (WV Metro News)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has started to remove coal ash at a power plant that sits above Memphis’ groundwater aquifer. (Local Memphis) 

NUCLEAR: The final major module for Plant Vogtle nuclear power project arrives at the construction site in Georgia. (Power Engineering)

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TRANSMISSION: Salt contamination on power poles caused small fires and power outages in coastal Virginia. (Virginian Pilot)

• The owners of a proposed gas power plant in Virginia are not being transparent about the project, a professor and environmental justice advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)
• Winter Park, Florida’s utility rate hikes mean the city isn’t improving or promoting energy efficiency, an editorial board says. (Orlando Sentinel)

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