Southeast Energy News

Coal ash cleanup safety boss accuses workers of lying

POWER PLANTS: The Sierra Club files a motion to block Florida Gov. Rick Scott from weighing in on a proposed natural gas power plant because of financial ties to the company behind the project. (Tampa Bay Times)

COAL ASH:
• A safety supervisor at the 2008 TVA coal ash cleanup accuses workers of lying and contradicts his subordinate’s courtroom confession. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Duke University scientists say sediment testing is needed to determine the impact of recent coal ash spills at a North Carolina lake. (Coastal Review Online)

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SOLAR:
• A nonprofit is helping northwest Florida households organize as cooperatives to make buying solar power easier and less expensive. (WUWF)
• Dominion Energy’s request for proposals this week was an impressive kickoff to an ambitious solar plan, a solar researcher says. (Greentech Media)
• A Georgia county approves a variance to allow a solar project to be built on a 16-acre swath of land. (Times Free Press)

UTILITIES:
• A second employee tasked with auditing South Carolina’s failed nuclear project says executives weren’t truthful with investors. (Post and Courier)
SCANA, the South Carolina utility rocked by the failure of it nuclear construction projects, announces a better financial picture. (The State)
• South Carolina regulators begin a hearing next Thursday to decide how much ratepayers pay for the failed VC Summer nuclear project. (WCSC-TV)

OIL & GAS:
• Louisiana has dollars at stake as Congress wrangles over legislation affecting how much offshore drilling revenue goes to states. (The Advocate)
• Citrus County, Florida’s chamber of commerce and elected officials remain strongly opposed to offshore drilling. (Citrus County Chronicle)
• Three candidates vie for a slot on Texas’ oil and gas regulatory agency. (Texas Tribune)

COAL:
• U.S. coal-fired power plant closures are on pace this year to set a record, with the Ohio River Valley among the regions seeing the most impact. (IEEFA)
A coal mining company says it is hiring 290 more workers for its operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. (Associated Press)

GRID: Despite one of the hottest summers on record in Austin, energy prices didn’t spike, thanks in part to renewable investments. (Austin Monitor)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Louisville city park gets an electric vehicle charging station after a public survey helped identify the site. (Louisville Business First)

COMMENTARY:
• A policy associate and energy consultant praise Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to transition the state to clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• The most compelling argument for a constitutional ban on offshore drilling in Florida is the ongoing 14-year-old oil spill off the Louisiana coast, a columnist writes. (Sun Sentinel)
• An environmental group outlines three reasons Texas’ electric grid survived a summer that pushed it to its limits. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• Norfolk residents shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security about the safety of a so-called “routine” pipeline project, a shipyard executive writes. (Virginia Pilot)

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