Southeast Energy News

Coal giant Murray Energy files for bankruptcy

BIOMASS: Changes to U.K. renewable energy subsidies for biomass could determine the future of the wood pellet industry in the southeastern U.S. and around the world. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• West Virginia coal giant Murray Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid falling prices and decreased demand for its products. CEO Bob Murray will step down to chair the company’s board. (WV Metro News)
• Activists protest mountaintop removal mining at a working mine site in West Virginia. (WOAY)

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SOLAR:
• The largest proposed community solar program in the country, led by Florida Power & Light, is moving forward, but the complicated plan still needs regulator approval. (Greentech Media)
• A school in the Atlanta metro area is on track to become the first elementary school in the state to run on 100% solar energy, and other schools are following suit. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
• A disagreement between AEP Appalachian Power and a renewable energy company halts plans to install solar panels on schools in Kingsport, Tennessee. (Times News)
• Newport, Virginia’s school system partners with a solar company to install solar on five schools starting in 2020. (WY Daily)
• Dominion Energy acquires a 72 MW solar facility in South Carolina that is in the early construction stages. (Power Technology)

WIND: An Atlanta-based Southern Company subsidiary purchases a 136 MW wind energy facility. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

PIPELINES: A Republican-led committee investigating North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s approval of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline wants him to answer questions before the committee. (WBTV)

COAL ASH: Uniontown, Alabama, residents raise health concerns about coal ash landfills at a screening of a documentary on the issue. (Cornell Daily Sun)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. Coast Guard says it is responding to a crude oil leak from a storage tank at a wildlife management area in Louisiana. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• California’s blackouts show why Texas’ free market, deregulated energy system works better during emergencies, an editorial board writes. (Dallas Morning News)
• Florida regulators recommend almost no goals for reducing utilities’ energy waste, and Gov. Ron DeSantis should intervene, a clean energy advocacy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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