Southeast Energy News

Florida considers tax breaks for utility-scale solar

SOLAR: A Florida House committee approves a measure that allow Florida Power & Light and other utilities to save millions by delaying when they start paying taxes on solar energy projects under construction. (Tampa Bay Times)

Tampa Electric Company says it plans to invest $800 million to add 600 MW of solar energy in the next three years. (Florida Politics)
Smithville, Texas, officials approve a 2.9 MW solar project that would help power the city’s operations. (KVUE)
Despite a rise nationally, solar jobs declined in Kentucky by 3.4% from 2018 to 2019, according to a new report. (WEHT)

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The EPA proposes a plan that would require federal permits for coal ash disposal in states that lack their own permitting programs. (Bloomberg)
The EPA also proposes weakening Obama-era rules designed to prevent the spread of arsenic from coal ash sites. (The Hill)
Anderson County, Tennessee, officials say their zoning laws prohibit TVA from building a new coal ash dump. (Knoxville News Sentinel, subscription)

Waco, Texas, will power city buildings with renewable energy from wind and solar farms starting in 2022, according to a new contract. (Waco Tribune-Herald)
Savannah, Georgia, officials and residents pack a town hall to discuss the benefits of transitioning the city to renewable energy. (WSAV)

UTILITIES: If NextEra Energy takes over Santee Cooper, South Carolina ratepayers could be on the hook for the public utility’s pension plan, health care and lawsuits. (Post and Courier)

BIOENERGY: Louisiana officials are expected to cancel economic incentives for an $80 million bioenergy plant on the Mississippi-Louisiana border that has been idling since 2016. (The Advocate) 

PIPELINES: A Democratic-led Senate committee in Virginia kills two bills that would have increased enforcement of violations by pipeline projects. (Virginia Mercury)

A West Virginia House committee approves two bills that would provide tax credits to help the natural gas industry grow in the state. (WV Metro News)
The Texas Railroad Commission releases a first-of-its-kind report on natural gas flaring in the state’s oil and gas industry. (Texas Standard)

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COAL: West Virginia’s Senate Finance Committee votes for a bill that would give tax breaks to struggling coal-fired power plants. (WV Metro News)

POLICY: Here are 10 key takeaways from Virginia’s Clean Economy Act, including what to expect from lawmakers and what ratepayers might have to pay for. (Virginia Mercury)

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