Southeast Energy News

Coal ash contaminating groundwater across Ohio Valley, analysis finds

COAL ASH: Most groundwater monitoring wells near coal ash disposal sites in the Ohio Valley show signs of leaking contaminants, and levels far exceeded federal drinking water standards at several sites, according to a new analysis. (WFPL)

PIPELINES: FERC denied a request for rehearing Friday by Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents, the final decision needed before a legal challenge can be filed. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: North Carolina would have to pay more than $500 million for a waiver under a federal bill that would penalize states for opposing offshore drilling, which one Republican mayor compared to creating a “ransom”. (Coastal Review)

OIL & GAS:
• A gas industry executive used a taxpayer-funded West Virginia trade delegation to China to promote his own company. (ProPublica)
• A West Virginia University study of air quality near fracking sites is entering its final stage. (WKSU)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new 1,000 MW gas-fired power plant in Memphis has been completed and is ready to operate. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• A Tulsa, Oklahoma suburb holds a special city council meeting Monday to discuss opposition to a planned wind power transmission line. (Tulsa World)
• AT&T is buying 820 megawatts of electricity from NextEra-owned wind farms under construction in Texas and Oklahoma. (Houston Chronicle)
• A turbine order has been placed for a $300 million South Texas wind farm that will eventually supply 212 MW of wind capacity. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: A German energy company and U.S. solar firm sign a joint development agreement to build 440 MW of solar projects in North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. (Renewables Now)

COAL: Crews use dynamite to demolish a pair of cooling towers at a retired Jacksonville, Florida coal-fired power plant. (The Florida Times-Union)

EFFICIENCY: Arkansas’s smallest incorporated town wants to install low-wattage LED lights as part of an effort to reduce light pollution. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

SMART METERS: Smart meters will enable 1,224 utility customers in Florida to monitor and manage power use as part of a pilot program. (The Ledger)

COMMENTARY:
• New Orleans deserves an honest explanation about Entergy’s use of paid actors to influence the City Council, an editorial board says. (The Times-Picayune)
• Most of the land south of U.S. 90 will be flooded by 2065 if Antarctic melting continues at its current pace, a columnist explains. (The Times-Picayune)
• North Carolina conservatives support common sense policies that enable clean energy, says the head of Raleigh-based Conservatives for Clean Energy. (WRAL)

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