Southeast Energy News

Critics say TVA solar plan lacks urgency

SOLAR: Clean energy advocates say the Tennessee Valley Authority’s planned shift to solar energy lacks urgency and specifics. (Nashville Public Radio)

ALSO:
• These are busy times for Florida solar installers as falling prices and an expiring federal tax credit drive interest in systems. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• Two energy companies donate four acres from a large solar farm to a nearby Virginia school district. (Danville Register & Bee)

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UTILITIES: A Memphis utility considers leaving the TVA, citing potential savings by generating its own power or purchasing it from other suppliers. (Times Free Press)

NATURAL GAS:
Plastics production follows the natural gas fracking boom to Appalachia, bringing with it health and environmental concerns. (InsideClimate News)
• Federal regulators approve plans for a liquified natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and a pipeline to supply the facility. (CNBC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Florida State University orders 15 new electric buses as it aims to run one of the nation’s first all-electric bus fleets. (FSU News)
• Danville, Kentucky officials approve a utility’s plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at two parking spaces. (Advocate-Messenger)

GRID:
• Entergy Arkansas begins a three-year process to install advanced smart meters for every one of its 700,000 customers. (Democrat Gazette)
• American Electric Power plans to build a regional transmission center in Pikeville, Kentucky. (Williamson Daily News)

EMISSIONS:
• Texas state regulators ask lawmakers to increase funding for a program meant to expedite permitting for air emissions. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)
• Oklahoma will receive more than $2.2 million from a multi-state settlement with two companies caught in a vehicle emissions scandal. (NewsOK)

NUCLEAR: A Florida lawmakers considers a bill to do away with a law that gives Disney the right to build a nuclear power plant. (Williams Business Review)

COMMENTARY:
It’s time to break North Carolina’s dependence on fossil fuels, a group of environmentalists write. (Herald Sun)
• Solar and sheep can coexist, and rejecting solar “will not result in an enduring bucolic landscape,” writes a columnist in western Virginia. (Daily Progress)
• A Florida newspaper photographer talks about his decision to install a solar energy system at his home. (Ocala Star-Banner)
• The Green New Deal would be good for Louisiana’s coast, a columnist writes. (Times-Picayune)

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