Southeast Energy News

Duke resists further testing near coal ash spills

COAL ASH: Duke Energy says it will extend water sample testing near last month’s coal ash spills “if data demonstrate it’s needed.” (Coastal Review Online)

ALSO: The top supervisor for a government contractor at the nation’s largest coal ash spill testifies he had no idea workers were told the toxic material was harmless. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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• Injury rates have more than doubled at five West Virginia coal mines acquired by Murray energy in 2013, according to federal data. (Reuters)
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hints there’s a plan to keep the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund from sliding further into debt. (WFPL)
• A Virginia county board tables a resolution in support of the black lung trust fund tax after a coal industry leader asked supervisors not to support it. (Dickenson Star)
• A former Alabama coal executive and an attorney are sentenced to federal prison for a conspiracy to bribe a state legislator. (Associated Press)

• Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen defends investments he made in a solar company after promoting solar-friendly policies. (Tennessean)
• A Georgia county board votes unanimously to put a moratorium on solar energy facilities. (Thomasville Times-Enterprise)
• Origis Energy acquires a 200 MW solar project in Georgia from First Solar for an undisclosed amount. (Solar Power World)  

WIND: Florida-based NextEra says the price of wind power will continue to fall and will remain competitive even after federal tax credits fall off. (Utility Dive)

• Dominion Energy is seeking bids for up to 500 MW of solar and onshore wind generation as part of a plan to meet targets in Virginia’s 2018 energy law. (Solar Power World)
• The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association develops a code of professional conduct for the growing industry. (Charlotte Business Journal)

• A now defunct energy company is stuck in a protracted legal battle over a 14-year-old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Mother Nature Network)
• An environmental group’s report says offshore drilling would add significant risk every time a hurricane hits South Carolina. (WCSC-TV)
• A science academy is using money from the BP oil spill settlement to provide climate change curriculum in Gulf Coast communities. (Scientific American)
• West Virginia’s shale gas boom has helped to lower energy prices for consumers, according to a fossil-fuel industry report. (Dominion Post)

• A group of landowners whose property was taken through eminent domain for the Mountain Valley Pipeline appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Roanoke Times)
Hundreds of people pack a West Virginia regulatory hearing to share thoughts on a proposed pipeline extension. (WDVM-TV)

NUCLEAR: The developers of an Alabama nuclear plant get their strongest indication yet that its primary potential customer isn’t interested. (

BIOFUELS: A biofuels company plans to invest $4.3 million to build a facility to recycle fats, oils and grease in South Carolina. (Recycling Today)

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• A contentious U.S. House race in West Virginia has become a coal industry proxy war, pitting executives against mine workers. (The Intercept)
• Offshore drilling dominates the debate among South Carolina candidates for Congress. (WCIV-TV)

COMMENTARY: A Kentucky newspaper editorial board is glad that Kinder Morgan decided to abandon a controversial pipeline project. (Morehead News)

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