Southeast Energy News

Coal giant Murray Energy’s financial troubles deepen

COAL: Coal company Murray Energy, which asked the Trump administration for help to avoid bankruptcy, is trying to avoid default after missing debt payments. (Bloomberg)

ALSO: Rockingham Energy, an Eastern Kentucky coal company, files for bankruptcy. (WYMT)

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COAL ASH:
• Georgia Power will begin cleaning up a 24-acre coal ash pond in Rincon this month as part of a mandated cleanup across the state. (Savannah Morning News)
• North Carolina residents concerned about the health risks of coal ash in their community urge the EPA to not weaken coal ash cleanup rules. (Progressive Pulse)

PIPELINES: Landowners in Texas Hill Country already fighting a natural gas pipeline raise concerns about a crude oil pipeline trying to gain access to their property. (KERA)

OIL & GAS:
• Top BP executive Bob Dudley, who led the company during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, is retiring. (New York Times)
• Two Texas colleges partner to offer educational and training programs for oil and gas workers in the area. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: The first two days of this month are tied as second and third all-time records for power usage in October by the Tennessee Valley Authority. (WRCB)

TRANSMISSION: Florida regulators move forward with a new law aimed at building more underground power lines for hurricane preparedness. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• Adding at least 49 GW of solar in Virginia through 2050 would save consumers money, add thousands of jobs and improve public health, according to a study by a clean energy group. (PV Magazine)
• Dominion Energy is looking into building a 100 MW solar project at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. (Renewables Now)
• Virginia environmental regulators issue permits for four new solar projects expected to generate 192 MW of power. (Solar Power World)
• Houston officials and residents hope that a former landfill will be turned into the largest urban solar farm in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: A 300 MW wind farm in Texas begins operations. (North American Wind Power)

COMMENTARY:
• With resistance against the Mountain Valley Pipeline still going strong, the project is becoming harder to complete, an environmental activist says. (Sierra Club)
• Offshore wind is an affordable, reliable, economic option for North Carolina, says a wind energy group leader. (The Coastland Times)

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