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)

ALSO:
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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COAL ASH:
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)

RENEWABLES:
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)

OIL & GAS:
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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