Southeast Energy News

America’s largest solar panel plant opens in Georgia

SOLAR: South Korean company Hanwha Q Cells says its new Dalton, Georgia, solar panel manufacturing plant is the largest in North America. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO: At the plant’s grand opening, President Trump, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and company executives tout solar tariffs as the reason for its construction while solar industry experts warn they have reduced demand. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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• The U.S. Department of Labor will give an Eastern Kentucky program more than $3 million to support laid-off coal miners. (WYMT)
• As coal companies file bankruptcy and the industry declines, coal miners are being left behind. (Fast Company)

COAL ASH: After pressure from residents, Tennessee environmental regulators are reportedly testing particulate matter falling from the skies around the Bull Run power plant. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• Kyle, Texas, officials will vote this week on a draft settlement with Kinder Morgan to allow the company to build the Permian Highway Pipeline under the city. (Spectrum News)
• A Louisiana environmental advocate alleges pipeline company Energy Transfer violated permits when building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (WAFB)
• Louisiana landowners ask a federal appeals court to review how the state handles eminent domain in pipeline projects. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: The Texas oil rig count is at its lowest in more than two years, and the oil and gas industry is cutting back its workforce. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration’s top offshore oil and gas regulator, who is from Louisiana, has ties to the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Appalachian Power offers discounts to Virginia customers who charge electric vehicles during low-demand hours. (Roanoke Times)

RENEWABLES: AT&T contracts to buy energy from a 350 MW wind project in Oklahoma that is expected to be completed next year. (Renewables Now)

CLIMATE: At a climate change conference in West Virginia, a professor says the state needs to transition to renewables and support those working in the coal industry. (Observer-Reporter)

• The Tennessee Valley Authority is trying to rewrite contracts with local power companies to maintain control and trap them in lopsided agreements, a clean energy advocate writes. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Roanoke Gas customers will pay for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a project that not even be necessary, a former utility executive writes. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia officials must prepare the budget for a post-coal economy, an editorial board says. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

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