Southeast Energy News

Despite Trump promises, Kentucky loses coal jobs

COAL: President Trump promised to put coal miners back to work, but Kentucky has fewer coal jobs now than when he took office. (Lexington Herald Leader)

ALSO: Georgia Power demolishes an exhaust stack at the site of its retired Plant Mitchell coal-fired power plant. (WALB)

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PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators unexpectedly delay voting on an Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit affecting a historic African American community. (Washington Post)
• A town hall meeting focuses on residents’ concerns about a natural gas pipeline between Chesapeake and Norfolk. (WVEC)

NUCLEAR:
• SCANA’s CEO pleads ignorance as the possibility of criminal charges looms for management of the utility’s failed nuclear project. (The State)
• TVA extends a deadline for a potential buyer to close on its purchase of the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeast Alabama. (AL.com)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia planning commission sets public hearings for next month on special use permits for a large solar facility. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
• First Solar starts construction on Georgia’s largest solar farm, which is expected to create up to 400 construction jobs. (Solar Power World)
• A planned community just north of Ft. Myers, Florida, hopes to operate almost entirely on solar power. (PBS NewsHour)
• The city of Lebanon, Tennessee, receives the 2018 Solar Champion award from a regional solar industry group. (Lebanon Democrat)

GRID:
• Resilience is becoming more important to year-round planning and operations for utilities like Duke Energy. (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy begins installing smart meters in the Orlando area. (WFTV)

EFFICIENCY:
• The University of Alabama wins a DOE grant for research into superconductor materials to more efficiently transport electricity. (Alabama Newscenter)
• Volunteers help residents winterize homes in central Kentucky. (WKYT)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Arkansas’ attorney general joins a 21-state coalition in support of President Trump’s proposed Clean Power Plan replacement. (Newton County Times)

UTILITIES:
Forty-eight candidates seek nine seats on the board of South Carolina’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative following a vote to remove all of the directors. (Times and Democrat)
• TVA recognizes companies with the largest and most improved carbon emission reductions in 2017. (The Chattanoogan)

CLIMATE: A survey finds half of Latinos in Florida say it’s “extremely important” for Congress to pass climate change legislation. (Orlando Sentinel)

POLITICS: Opposition to offshore drilling drove a Democratic upset in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. (HuffPost)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council says Dominion wants to fleece its customers for an unneeded pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• The executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association says natural gas is the fuel for West Virginia’s future. (State Journal)
• The people sickened by America’s largest coal ash spill may finally get some justice, writes a columnist. (Esquire)

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