Southeast Energy News

Army Corp office suspends Mountain Valley Pipeline permits

PIPELINES: Another U.S. Army Corp of Engineers office suspends water-crossing permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

ALSO:
• A Virginia county narrowly approves a permit for a natural gas gate station that would tap into the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Multiple protesters are arrested and charged with trespassing and obstructing justice at a Mountain Valley Pipeline pipe yard. (WVNS)
• Federal regulators and pipeline industry representatives say they want to hear more from the public but in civil forums that avoid emotional, project-specific discussion. (E&E News)

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NUCLEAR: A South Carolina judge is expected to overturn the controversial law that put electricity customers on the hook for a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COAL ASH: A safety manager at the 2008 TVA Kingston coal ash spill says he was ordered to confiscate and destroy every dust mask on site. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL: Major coal-owning utilities like the Tennessee Valley Authority are reluctant to share data on the economics of their coal fleets. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: “It can’t happen overnight.” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam defends his administration’s effort on renewable energy amid pipeline protests. (WHSV)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy partners with a developer to install nearly 6,000 solar panels on 284 homes at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. (Renewables Now)
• A solar company completes a 60 kW installation on the roof of a high school in northwest Georgia. (The Chattanoogan)
• Solarize Middle Georgia holds an informational meeting tonight in Macon for families and businesses interested in solar panels. (41NBC/WMGT)
• A New York-based investment firm acquires a 50 MW solar farm being built in West Texas. (San Antonio Express-News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The U.S. Department of Energy awards Virginia Tech a $3 million grant for research on electric vehicle infrastructure cybersecurity. (Augusta Free Press)
• Georgia Power partners with rideshare company Lyft to promote electric vehicles, offering incentives for its EV drivers. (Transportation Today)

MICROGRIDS: Fort Knox is planning a demonstration tomorrow to show the Army post can run without external power. (Associated Press)

POLITICS:
• Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tells oil industry leaders that climate change is a “pseudoscientific theory.” (E&E News, subscription)
Money pours into Georgia’s Public Service Commission campaigns, with one candidate shattering recent fundraising records. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

POLLUTION: University of North Carolina researchers find air-pollution-related deaths in the U.S. plunged almost in half after the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. (E&E News, subscription)

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AVIATION: A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flies from Orlando to London on a synthetic jet fuel made from steel mill waste. (Orlando Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• There’s a lot to like in Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s energy plan, but missed opportunities abound. (Power for the People)
• Asheville, North Carolina’s city council should vote yes on a resolution to transition city operations to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, a local pastor writes. (Citizen Times)
• Duke Energy’s grid modernization plan is an under the radar election issue in North Carolina, says the chairman of a conservative think tank. (Laurinburg Exchange)

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