Southeast Energy News

Bankrupt coal company retracts paychecks from workers’ bank accounts

• Community leaders in Yogaville, Virginia, invest in solar energy while opposing construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Energy News Network)
• Communities along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s route are divided over the economic benefits lost while construction is halted. (WVPB)
• Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee are among a growing number of states adopting laws criminalizing anti-pipeline activism. (The Guardian)
Kyle, Texas, adopts an ordinance requiring additional permits and fees for pipeline construction and prohibits certain types of buildings near pipelines. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Coal company Blackjewel deducted miners’ paychecks from their bank accounts after filing for bankruptcy on July 1. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A federal judge will allow Blackjewel to borrow $5 million to navigate bankruptcy on the condition that its CEO step down. (WVPB)

• West Virginia University researchers test an idea to save water by combining wastewater from power plants and fracking. (Associated Press)
• Texas oil and gas fields are breaking records for production, according to a report from a natural gas industry group. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• The Supreme Court of Texas rules that the plain language of a contract outweighs industry custom in an oil drilling case. (Houston Chronicle) 

• Sixteen South Carolina coastal communities write a letter to health and environmental conservation officials opposing seismic testing. (Bluffton Today)
• A Florida state representative introduces a proposal to ban energy exploration in the South Atlantic and extend the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico through 2029. (Sunshine State News)

• Florida Power & Light tried to exclude homeowners who supported energy deregulation from its solar program, but deleted the clause in a proposal after questions from regulators. (Miami Herald)
• Political influence by big utilities has discouraged Florida homeowners from installing solar panels. (New York Times)
Solar energy expands in South Carolina in the few months since a law was passed to spur the industry’s growth. (WCBD)
• Duke Energy now owns 1 GW of solar energy capacity. (WRAL)
• An Arkansas telecommunications provider will use energy generated by a new solar farm to power its operations. (Courier News)

• Georgia Power moves forward with construction at Plant Vogtle. (Daily Energy Insider)
• South Carolina could be stuck with a massive stockpile of dangerous nuclear material for decades, despite a federal mandate to get rid of it. (Post and Courier)

EMISSIONS: Kentucky colleges have ambitious climate goals but are struggling to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. (Courier Journal)

• Georgia Power primarily uses natural gas, coal and nuclear, but the utility board is deciding on the company’s long-term plan, which might add more renewables. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority releases its long-term energy plan, which says it will add 14 GW of solar by 2038 and increase energy efficiency. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: A Duke-backed bill will raise electricity rates for customers and profits for the utility, a manufacturing executive writes. (News & Observer)

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