Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy will clean up remaining North Carolina coal ash

COAL ASH: Duke Energy will dig up and remove nearly 80 million tons of coal ash at six sites in North Carolina and permanently close the facilities under a legal settlement with state environmental regulators. (News & Observer)

• Some experts say Duke’s decision could influence how the EPA handles coal ash regulations. (E&E News, subscription)
• The utility is proposing to build a controversial coal ash landfill at a plant near Asheville that wasn’t included in the settlement. (Asheville Citizen-Times) 

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PIPELINES: 2020 could be the year many pipeline cases — including the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and projects in Texas — get their day in court. (InsideClimate News)

• A moratorium on rooftop solar in Lake Worth, Florida, causes problems for solar cooperative customers. (WLRN)
• Duke Energy begins accepting applications for a program that helps North Carolina businesses and residents afford rooftop solar. (WCET)  

WIND: A 145 MW wind farm will be built in Cameron County, Texas. (North American Windpower) 

• The board of Florida utility JEA unanimously votes to reject nine buyout offers from Duke Energy, NextEra, and others. (Utility Dive)
• Oklahoma utility regulators deny a request to dismiss a case in which an electric cooperative is attempting to stop a utility from serving a customer in its area. (Oklahoman)

COAL: A West Virginia senator prepares legislation that would give environmental regulators authority to determine property owner compensation in cases of mine subsidence. (Wheeling Intelligencer)

• A 2017 oil spill that leaked 16,000 barrels into the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t stopped sooner because there was no alert system, according to an investigation released by the Interior Department. (E&E News, subscription)
• A West Virginia lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to encourage investment from China in the state’s energy industry. (WV Metro News)
• The Texas Oil & Gas Association, whose members account for the vast majority of oil and gas production in the state, celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: The Florida Municipal Power Association should follow Florida Power & Light’s lead and encourage development instead of charging customers fees, a solar company executive writes. (Florida Daily) 

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