Southeast Energy News

Federal, state governments sue Duke over 2014 coal ash spill

EFFICIENCY: A pilot program in Charlottesville, Virginia, will give landlords who accept housing vouchers with forgivable, city-funded loans that can be used to fund efficiency upgrades. (Energy News Network)

• Virginia, North Carolina, and the federal government sue Duke Energy for environmental damage from the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill in North Carolina. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina should expand investigations of suspected thyroid cancer clusters, including potential environmental causes such as coal ash, according to a report from doctors, scientists and medical investigators. (Progressive Pulse)

• Coal companies connected with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice deny that they owe nearly $4 million in unpaid fines for mine safety violations. (Roanoke Times)
• A federal judge will not send coal magnate Don Blankenship’s defamation lawsuit against media companies to a West Virginia court. (WV Metro News)

• Solar developers including Duke Energy and Silicon Ranch are stockpiling solar panels before a federal tax credit expires next year. (Reuters)
• Florida’s solar industry has been slow to grow largely because of a lack of state policies. (Sun Sentinel)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority seeks comments on a proposed solar project in Tennessee. (Times Daily)
• A Virginia electric cooperative and renewable energy company plan to develop a 30 MW portfolio of solar projects in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. (Solar Power World)
• A West Virginia airport installs solar panels on two parking garages to save costs. (WCHS/WVAH)

• Oklahoma utility regulators seek to add 675 MW of wind power as part of a larger request with regional utilities. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Texas regulators recommended Austin Energy add 200 MW of wind power a year, which would bring the utility’s renewable energy up to 61% by 2021. (Austin Monitor)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy and private companies in North Carolina debate who will provide charging stations for electric vehicles. (Charlotte Observer)

PIPELINES: A protester is arrested after blocking the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia, becoming the seventh arrested this year. (WSLS)

• Crude oil in Houston trades at the lowest level in nearly a year as new pipelines from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast begin operations. (Reuters)
• Texas oil and gas officials propose new rules for small gathering pipelines, which are unregulated. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The federal government will hold a lease sale Aug. 21 to open 77.8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Dominion Energy is taking a conservative approach to offshore wind energy in Virginia but is acknowledging the need to promote renewables, an editorial board says. (Free Lance-Star)

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