Southeast Energy News

Dominion to roll out electric school buses in Virginia this year

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Dominion Energy prepares for its first phase of a large electric school bus initiative in Virginia, with plans to deploy 50 electric buses to 16 municipalities by the end of 2020. (WHSV)

SOLAR:
The Tennessee Valley Authority considers building a large solar farm on 3,000 acres of land it owns in northern Alabama. (AL.com)
A Toyota dealership in Austin, Texas, unveils a 275 kilowatt solar project. (Austin American-Statesman)
Connection to the power grid is a persistent and growing issue between solar developers and Duke Energy in North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY: Vicksburg, Mississippi, is implementing energy efficiency measures that are expected to save it more than $60,000 a year on utility bills. (Vicksburg Post)

UTILITIES:
Duke Energy ranks high among utilities at risk of hurricanes, extreme rain and flooding. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
A Gainesville, Florida, utility presents a plan to city officials to buy electricity from Florida Power & Light, but the city wants more time to gather facts. (Gainesville Sun)

OIL & GAS: The head of the Texas Oil and Gas Association clarifies his comments about climate change and defends the industry. (Texas Standard)

COAL: Coal company Murray Energy dismisses an appeal over a worker bonus program that federal regulators found put production over safety. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy customers will likely see a rate hike to pay for coal ash cleanup in North Carolina, but environmental groups say they’ll fight it. (Daily Tar Heel)

ELECTIONS: Texas’ 2020 elections could be a pivotal moment for the state’s oil and gas industry since younger voters are more concerned about climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
North Carolina communities pressuring Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash helped win a recent settlement, a lawyer from the Southern Environmental Law Center says. (WRAL)
There are several important renewable energy bills to watch in Virginia this year, says a clean energy advocate. (Power for the People VA)
A South Carolina senator’s new bill would help protect the coast from offshore drilling, a clean energy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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