Southeast Energy News

Documents reveal Arkansas town’s trauma from pipeline break

PIPELINES: Six years after an Exxon oil pipeline burst under an Arkansas town, newly revealed documents describe illnesses, property damage and a smell that still haunts residents. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: NextEra seeks to build a 50-mile pipeline into Alabama to supply natural gas units set to open on the site of a retiring coal plant. (E&E News, subscription) 

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SOLAR:
• Fayetteville, North Carolina’s municipal utility unveils a community solar project that will allow customers to subscribe to solar power. (Herald Sun)
• Amazon announces three new renewable energy projects, including solar farms in Virginia and North Carolina totaling 215 megawatts. (CNET)

RENEWABLES: Port Houston commissioners authorize final negotiations for a contract to source 100% of the port’s electricity from renewables. (news release) 

COAL:
• Mississippi Power wants approval for a $62 million waste cleanup plan at one of its coal plants, but a co-owner wants to shut it down. (E&E News, subscription)
• Coal-state senators back a bill to omit certain power plant upgrades from pre-construction permitting under the EPA’s New Source Review. (E&E News, subscription) 

NUCLEAR: A manager at the Plant Vogtle site discriminated against a worker who raised safety concerns, federal regulators have concluded. (Aiken Standard)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy will double their investment in renewable natural gas projects to $500 million. (National Hog Farmer) 

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Tennessee county considers converting its garbage into fuel pellets that could be burned to produce electricity for area schools. (WKRN-TV)

UTILITIES: New Orleans utility regulators approve an Entergy rate cut, but prices may go up again soon to pay for a proposed gas-fired power plant. (WDSU-TV)

COMMENTARY:
• A North Carolina editorial board notes a rise in energy efficiency-related jobs and says clean energy is good for the state’s economy. (News & Record)
• A Virginia delegate says the devil is in the details but a Green New Deal could help the state create jobs and restore its environment. (Augusta Free Press) 

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