Southeast Energy News

Federal prosecutor charges coal company with faking dust samples

COAL: A federal prosecutor charges employees of bankrupt coal company Armstrong Energy with fraud for falsifying coal dust monitoring samples in two Kentucky mines. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• Coal production was down nationally but up in southern West Virginia in the first quarter of 2018, according to federal data. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• Four mining companies apply for permits in West Virginia. (WVVA)
• A biologist is working to turn Kentucky’s first mountaintop removal coal mine into an Appalachian wildlife center. (Scientific American)

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• Dominion Energy spent more than $1 million on lobbyists, entertainment, meals and communications from May 2017 to April 2018 while successfully pushing through legislation that could lead to electric bill increases. (Associated Press)
• Appalachian Power seeks public input on its plan to build new transmission lines in some Virginia counties. (Virginia First)

• A federal appeals court upholds a decision to dismiss a class-action lawsuit seeking to recover $2 billion for customers of Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy from nuclear projects. (News Service of Florida)
• South Carolina regulators deny a request from SCE&G and Dominion Energy to withhold records in the nuclear project investigation. (The State)

• Duke Energy says it has reached its limit on solar energy expansion in western South Carolina, meaning new customers face higher costs. (The State)
• A father and son open a solar-powered bait shop trailer in Pascagoula, Mississippi. (WLOX)
• An Alabama company builds community gardens and uses solar power to make growing food easier. (Birmingham Times)

NATURAL GAS: Twenty-six renewable natural gas plants will open in the U.S. this year, including a Duke Energy facility powered by waste from North Carolina hogs. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Dozens of North Carolina residents speak out against Duke Energy’s coal ash recycling proposal. (Goldsboro News-Argus)

CLIMATE: The founders of a conservative legal group that has long sowed doubt about climate change is tangled in a legal battle in Virginia over allegations of financial mismanagement. (New York Times)

• The president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition says North Carolina is on track to expand wind energy, according to a new report. (WRAL)
• An editorial board praises federal regulators for prosecuting a coal company over faking coal dust samples, which put miners at higher risk of black lung disease. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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