Southeast Energy News

Arkansas officials approve major wind energy project

WIND: Arkansas regulators approve a $4.5 billion project that includes a 2,000-megawatt wind farm and 350-mile transmission line to deliver power to customers in Oklahoma and parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. (Enid News & Eagle)

• Florida regulators approve a rate increase of $1.85 per month to help cover costs of Tampa Electric Company’s 600-megawatt solar project. (TBO)
• Officials debut South Carolina’s largest solar farm, which is expected to power 20,000 homes and businesses. (Augusta Chronicle)

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MICROGRIDS:  Alabama Power unveils a microgrid to power a “smart neighborhood” with solar-plus-energy-storage. (Hoover Sun)

COAL: A diverse group of Appalachians talk about the decline of the coal industry and President Trump’s promises to bring back mining jobs. (NPR)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: More than half of voters oppose the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan, according to a University of Maryland poll. (The Hill)

UTILITIES: Tennessee small business owners protest Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed rate hike that it will vote on later this week. (Public News Service)

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POLITICS: Ex-coal baron Don Blankenship loses the West Virginia Senate Republican primary to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who will run against Democrat Joe Manchin. (WVPB)

• An editorial board says coal ash rules should be regulated by the EPA, putting human health and lives at stake. (Free Lance-Star)
• Solar, energy storage and wind companies are recruiting coal miners for new jobs, says the vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy program. (EDF Voices)

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