Southeast Energy News

Environmental group calls Alabama Power solar fees “unlawful”

SOLAR: An environmental law group files a complaint with state regulators over Alabama Power’s rates for rooftop solar customers, calling them “unreasonable,” “unlawful” and “discriminatory.” (AL.com)

WIND: Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia could bear the full cost of two wind farm purchases after Virginia regulators rejected the utility’s request to recover costs in that state.. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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EFFICIENCY: Virginia energy efficiency programs will get more than $1 billion in funding over the next decade, but advocates worry utilities and regulators won’t spend it effectively. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL: Virginia’s Hampton Roads region exports more coal than any other port in America. In the first quarter of 2018, Hampton Roads shipped more than 10 million tons of coal. (Virginian-Pilot)

NATURAL GAS: Many West Virginians worry the state won’t share in the natural gas industry’s wealth and will bear long-term environmental, infrastructure and health costs like it did with coal. (ProPublica)

UTILITIES:
• Santee Cooper’s next potential chairman, who was appointed by the governor, assures legislators he will not get involved in the debate over the sale of the utility. (Post & Courier)
• SCANA tells investors it may not make its quarterly payments in July, highlighting the pressure building on the utility to cut its dividend and give ratepayers the savings. (Post & Courier)

BIOMASS: An environmental group asks Louisiana officials to better regulate wood pellet plants. (The Advocate)

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EMISSIONS: Nashville drivers may still have to pass emissions tests, despite Tennessee moving forward with a bill to do away with them in some counties. (WSMV)

POLITICS: West Virginia lawmakers defend EPA administrator Scott Pruitt over his possible ethical violations. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired lieutenant general says the military has a proven system for assessing energy development, so wind energy and military operations can coexist. (Southeast Energy News)
• An editorial argues Duke Energy should pay for its coal ash mismanagement instead of burdening ratepayers with the responsibility. (WRAL)
• The federal government should require Georgia Power to put more money in its Vogtle nuclear project in case it fails, two law students write. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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