Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy settles with N.C. residents over 2014 coal ash spill

COAL ASH: More than two dozen North Carolina families who sued over the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill reach a settlement with Duke Energy. (Greensboro News & Record)

COAL: A West Virginia Senate committee passes an amended bill that would reduce the coal severance tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent over three years. (WVPB)

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SOLAR:
• A solar company will supply energy to Microsoft from a solar farm in North Carolina. (reNews)
• A student-initiated solar project is generating power for seven schools in a Virginia county. (WHSV)
• Florida A&M University will decide soon whether to move forward with a large solar project with Duke Energy. (Tallahassee Democrat)

EFFICIENCY: A program that lets people finance clean energy project through their property taxes added $51 million to Florida’s economy between 2013 and 2018. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: Energy Secretary Rick Perry plans to visit the site of Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant as it reaches a critical stage in construction . (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• State lawmakers have repeatedly introduced bills to protect West Virginians from natural gas operations, but the state legislature has not taken action to put them in place. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)
• An interactive map shows every permitted natural gas well in West Virginia.  (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

PIPELINES:
• Carcinogenic pellets to prevent erosion are being dropped near the Mountain Valley Pipeline path in West Virginia, worrying farmers. (WVVA)
• San Marcos, Texas officials unanimously approve a resolution opposing Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline. (San Marcos Daily Record)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Trump administration’s revised offshore drilling plan will be released in the coming weeks, according to the Interior Department. (Reuters)
• Attorneys general in Virginia and other states try to strengthen legal arguments against seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast. (Daily Press)
• Exxon Mobil must pay $616,000 and take steps to address Clean Air Act violations at its Texas plant. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Exxon’s plans to boost oil and gas production in the Permian Basin should make shareholders nervous, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• A group of researchers propose an energy corridor along the border of Mexico instead of building the wall the Trump administration is pushing. (Renewable Energy World)

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