Southeast Energy News

Coal ash rules recede as public pressure mounts

SOLAR: A mediation process unique to Virginia helps improve solar’s prospects in the state as stakeholders compromise on draft legislation. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
• As public pressure mounts for utilities to clean up coal ash, federal regulations are being rolled back and already leave many dump sites untouched. (Utility Dive)
• A community meeting today in Claxton, Tennessee, will address coal ash concerns related to TVA’s Bull Run Fossil Plant. (Oak Ridger)

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POLICY: Whether or not Virginia joins a regional carbon cap-and-trade initiative could hinge on whether Democrats can flip the state legislature next year. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: A man who barricaded himself inside part of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia is charged with felony threats of terrorist acts and property destruction. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

NATURAL GAS:
• Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs legislation extending tax credits to compressed natural gas vehicles and related infrastructure. (The Oklahoman)
• Crews begin excavating the site of a gas explosion in downtown Durham in search of clues to what caused the April 10 blast. (WTVD)

COAL:
• The chairman of Mississippi’s Public Service Commission says Mississippi Power should not expect ratepayers to help settle debts related to a failed coal gasification plant. (Mississippi Today)
• State and federal leaders announce a new program to help train displaced Kentucky coal workers to enter the aerospace industry. (WKYT)

OVERSIGHT: A Texas bill that would require electricity brokers to register with the Public Utilities Commission is headed to a state House vote. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Tesla supercharger station is planned at a Lafayette, Louisiana, shopping center. (Developing Lafayette)

TECHNOLOGY: A Jacksonville company rolls out a blockchain product for the energy sector. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)

POLITICS: President Trump will travel to Louisiana next week to highlight job creation and energy infrastructure at a liquified natural gas export facility. (The Advocate)

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