Southeast Energy News

Army Corps pulls Mountain Valley Pipeline permit in West Virginia

PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers pulls a Mountain Valley Pipeline permit that would have allowed developers to discharge dredged materials into several West Virginia rivers. (Reuters)

• Police charge two people with interfering with property rights for standing too close to a Mountain Valley Pipeline worksite in Virginia. (WSLS)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline officials prepare to begin construction in Upshur County, Virginia. (The Inter-Mountain)

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• Electric utilities and other industries press a regional commission to end its role in restricting the dumping of toxic wastewater by coal-fired power plants into the Ohio River. (InsideClimate News)
• Pike County, Kentucky and other Appalachian communities face economic challenges as coal severance tax money from the industry dries up. (WYMT)
• Officials in Perry County, Kentucky test a solar-powered home against a traditional one to compare costs for low-income families. (KWQC)

OIL AND GAS: One man dies and three others are hospitalized after three oil tanks exploded in West Virginia. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: South Carolina regulators deny four petitions for reconsideration of controversial rate changes by SCG&E. (Utility Dive)

• Arkansas’ largest solar farm—a 475-acre facility that can power 13,000 homes—is ready for operation. (KATV)
• JinkoSolar begins hiring for its manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida, targeting a launch in the fall. (Mathis Daily Record)

WIND: Southern Power acquires a 100 megawatt wind project in Oklahoma . (Recharge, subscription)

• Florida Power & Light is among the utilities adding solar-plus-energy storage to their portfolios as the technology gives conventional fuels a run for their money. (Ensia)
• A Georgia battery storage company will develop lead acid batteries to use as emergency backup power supply for the Navy’s nuclear reactors. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Tennessee met all federal safety standards last year, but federal regulators will continue oversight for at least six months due to a security violation. (Chattanooga Time Free Press)

POLITICS: A former aide to Energy Secretary Rick Perry is now lobbying for energy companies, including FirstEnergy and Southern Company. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: An insurance specialist argues that business leaders should ask Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to shut down pipelines in the state. (Roanoke Times)

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