Southeast Energy News

Electric cooperatives consider dropping TVA for cheaper power

UTILITIES: Two electric cooperatives serving customers in Tennessee and Georgia solicit requests for proposals from utilities to find more affordable power than TVA. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

COAL:
After cleaning up pollution, West Virginia communities were banking on tourism to help their economies — then the coronavirus pandemic hit. (Ohio Valley Resource)
Jacksonville, Florida’s utility plans to retire one unit of a Georgia coal-fired power plant and enter a 20-year power purchase agreement with Florida Power & Light. (Jacksonville Daily Record)

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SOLAR:
• Officials in an Arkansas town unanimously approve a contract for the city and water department to buy power from a solar company. (Camden News)
• Appalachian Power puts out a call for solar project proposals with a minimum size of 10 MW and an operational date of December 2022. (WV Metro News) 

COAL ASH:
TVA is floating ideas for how its Bull Run Fossil Plant site in Tennessee will be used, including park areas, bike trails and solar “blankets” that could cover the coal ash. (Oak Ridger)
Georgia residents continue to pressure lawmakers after two coal ash bills stall before the end of the legislative session on June 26. (Saporta Report)

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PIPELINES: A San Antonio pipeline company that has been struggling financially announces plans to build pipelines and natural gas projects in Mexico. (San Antonio Express-News)

OIL & GAS:
• Major natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy’s bankruptcy will add stress on energy service and pipeline companies, energy analysts say. (New York Times)
• The surge in COVID-19 cases in Texas could make it harder for the oil and gas industry to recover. (Houston Chronicle)

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