Southeast Energy News

Coal plant closure will cost Alabama Power customers $740 million

COAL: Alabama Power documents show customers will have to pay $740 million after a coal plant retires this year. (AL.com)

ALSO: An Armstrong Coal employee wants to change his plea to “guilty” in a coal dust fraud case. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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COAL ASH:
• Of 265 coal-fired power plants that monitor groundwater, 242 report unsafe levels of at least one pollutant derived from coal ash. (The Guardian)
• TVA says there is an area between a Memphis aquifer and a coal ash landfill without a protective barrier, but that the company is monitoring groundwater for contamination. (Commercial Appeal)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators approve the full Mountaineer Xpress natural gas pipeline. (OilPrice.com)
• Virginia water regulators decide not to consider revoking a water quality certification permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Virginia Mercury)

OIL & GAS:
• Taylor Energy files lawsuits to fight the U.S. government over the longest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, which the company is responsible for. (Washington Post)
• Texas motorists have damaged 3,600 gas meters since 2010, an investigation shows. (Dallas Morning News)

EMISSIONS: Arkansas is slow to curb carbon emissions, largely because of two new coal-fired power plants, a report shows. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

SOLAR:
• Florida’s attorney general rejects a ballot measure that would reform how customers buy energy in the state and loosen the power of monopoly companies. (Miami Herald)
• Arkansas solar advocates push legislation that would allow third-party leasing of solar equipment to spur renewable energy growth. (Arkansas Business)
• A developer plans to invest $150 million in three solar projects in rural Georgia, bringing 400 jobs to the area. (Ledger-Enquirer)
• Culpeper County, Virginia officials consider an 80 MW solar farm. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A federal appeals court rejects the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of an already built transmission line built across the James River in Virginia. (E&E News)

UTILITIES: TVA seeks public comment on its 20-year plan. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

TECHNOLOGY: A Key West, Florida boat captain runs an electric charter boat that will soon be powered by solar. (Miami Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration can’t even save coal-fired power plants it has a direct stake in, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• Solar on all new homes in San Antonio could help the city meet its environmental challenges, an environmental advocate says. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Solar energy proposals in South Carolina can help protect wildlife, an Audubon director says. (Greenville News)
• The Trump administration’s efforts to slash oil drilling regulations erase the history of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Florida journalist writes. (Sun Sentinel)

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