Southeast Energy News

Arkansas utility to phase out coal at two power plants

COAL: Arkansas’ largest electricity utility Entergy says it will stop using coal at two power plants by 2028 and shut down a natural gas plant by 2027 after reaching a settlement with two environmental groups. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The Justice Department says a federal court should not overturn the conviction of former coal baron Don Blankenship. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Mannington, West Virginia officials host a 50th anniversary memorial for a mine explosion that killed 78 miners. (WV News)

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PIPELINES:
• Facing criticism for approving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration questions the need for a Mountain Valley Pipeline extension in the state. (Energy News Network)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam replaces two air pollution board members and a water board member after they questioned permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Mercury)
Attorneys press a Bayou Bridge Pipeline executive to determine if the company trespassed on private property without obtaining permits. (The Advocate)

SOLAR:
• Appalachian Power seeks proposals for a 200 MW solar project it wants to add to its portfolio. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• In the Ohio Valley, state adoption of solar policies is sporadic, making it harder to boost the economy and get customers to install panels. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Martinsville, Virginia installs its first solar project on the roof of an office building. (WSLS)

RENEWABLES: Fort Hood in Texas has the largest renewable energy project in the U.S. Army that uses solar and wind power. (Everything Lubbock)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The oil and gas industry renews its push for offshore drilling soon after Florida voters pass an amendment to ban it. (Orlando Weekly)

OIL & GAS:
• The world’s biggest oil producers flock to drill in the Permian Basin. (E&E News, subscription)
• A group of oil companies pledge $100 million to boost communities where they operate in the Permian Basin. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: A former EPA administrator calls on Southeast Regional Administrator Trey Glenn to step down after being indicted on ethics violations. (WFPL)

CLIMATE: Georgia Rep. John Lewis joins other lawmakers in calling for a “Green New Deal” to address climate change with a 100 percent renewable energy economy. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Offshore wind is not the cheapest option for renewable energy in Virginia, but offers a lot of opportunities for the state, says the president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Daily Press)
• The lack of a winning business model for energy storage in Texas makes it difficult for the technology to take off, a reporter says. (Greentech Media)

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