Southeast Energy News

Another Kentucky coal-fired power plant will shut down in 2020

COAL: The city of Owensboro, Kentucky will shut down a coal-fired power plant in 2020 because market forces have made it uneconomical. (WFPL)

MORE:
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice met with President Trump to discuss a $4.5 billion plan to boost coal mining in Appalachia. (WDTV)
• The Mine Safety and Health Administration is looking for data on technology that can make surface and underground mines safer. (Register-Herald)

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PIPELINES:
• A week after Mountain Valley Pipeline construction was slowed in West Virginia, lawyers for citizen and environmental groups say the same should be done in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and other trail groups call on FERC to improve the natural gas pipeline review process. (Roanoke Star)
• Virginia residents raise concerns about the impact of Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction on a predominantly black community. (WVTF)
• Pipelines in the Permian Basin are close to capacity, forcing producers to slow down production. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: SCE&G could stop charging shareholders for its failed nuclear project and stay afloat, according to a financial analysis commissioned by state regulators. (Post and Courier)

SOLAR:
• Solar advocates accuse Tennessee Valley Authority of deliberately mismanaging its solar program to slow it down. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Opelika, Alabama launches a solar project that will be used for research on how solar energy impacts communities in the state. (WTVM)

OIL AND GAS: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission files charges against seven Texas energy company executives for a $10 million oil and gas Ponzi scheme between 2013 and 2016. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The oil industry touts the economic benefits of offshore drilling for minority communities, but environmental justice groups say it could disproportionately harm them. (Grist)

EDUCATION: A group of Kentucky teachers tour a power plant and solar farm to learn about teaching energy and conservation to students. (WYMT)

COMMENTARY:
• A West Virginia resident says the Trump administration’s plan to bail out coal companies defies market trends. (Williamson Daily News)
• An editorial board argues that North Carolina needs the Mountain Valley Pipeline to help the region grow. (Times-News)

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