UTILITIES:
• Canadian energy services company Emera has agreed to acquire Tampa-based Teco Energy for about $6.4 billion. (Saint Peters Blog)
Cleaner fuels for power generation and higher-earning residential and small business ratepayers make Teco Energy attractive to Emera. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Florida regulators have allowed Tampa Electric to end a 35-year-old demand response program aimed at large energy-using devices such as air conditioners and water heaters. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Customers of the Ozarks Electric co-op in Fayetteville, Arkansas can subscribe to the first utility-scale, member-owned solar power generation facility in Arkansas. (Arkansas Business)
• The University of Virginia is partnering with Dominion Virginia Power to install solar panels on the roofs of two campus buildings. (The Cavalier Daily, Charlottesville)

CLIMATE: Sea-level rise is proving a better way to communicate about climate change in Florida. (Saint Peters Blog)

EFFICIENCY: A property assessed clean energy (PACE) program is set to launch in an Arkansas county. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

SUSTAINABILITY: Atlanta says it will lease 15 battery-electric vehicles and 35 plug-in hybrid vehicles. (Auto Blog)

COAL ASH:
• Tests of water flows near a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant in Asheville, North Carolina show coal ash constituents reaching the French Broad River. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Why proposed new EPA coal ash standards expected to be released this month won’t have much impact in North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)

HYDROPOWER: Today is the deadline for public comment on the environmental review of the TVA’s Boone Dam near Blountville, Tennessee. (Kingsport Times-News)

POWER LINES: Duke Energy officials laid out their case for a new high voltage transmission line from upstate South Carolina to the Asheville, North Carolina area. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Citing a conflict of interest by Gov. Rick Scott, opponents of the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline in north Florida are asking regulators to reject the project. (Miami Herald)

OIL & GAS: A 17-mile stretch of the Mississippi River in Kentucky reopened after it was closed due to a collision that spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil into the waterway. (Associated Press)

COAL: For the first time in about a century, not a single working miner in Kentucky belongs to a union. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
Florida needs to move beyond, or around, public officials who deny the risks of a changing climate and rising sea levels. (Ocala StarBanner)
• A Virginia congressman contends it’s time to repeal the U.S. ban on oil exports. (The News Virginian)
• A Florida Atlantic University professor says solar panels can help filter Tampa Bay’s cloudy surface water while generating clean electricity. (Palm Beach Post)

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Jim Pierobon

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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