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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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