Southeast Energy News

Florida, Southeast lead nation in new solar jobs

RENEWABLES: Under two Virginia bills, consumers would be allowed to buy renewable energy from competitive service suppliers instead of their utilities, even those that offer green tariff programs. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
The solar industry hired thousands of workers in the Southeast last year, including 1,000 in Georgia, according to a new industry report. (Savannah Morning News, E&E News, subscription)
The Tennessee Valley Authority signs a contract with a Florida company to build a 200 MW solar project in north Mississippi. (Commercial Dispatch)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The University of Georgia would have more electric buses than any other university in the nation — 33 buses with 12 charging stations — under a new plan. (The Red & Black)

NUCLEAR: The Plant Vogtle nuclear project in Georgia now has 9,000 workers on site — an all-time high. (Aiken Standard)

UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers hold the first of more than a dozen hearings on whether the state should sell its utility Santee Cooper. (Island Packet)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan plans to build its third pipeline to carry natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast of Texas, but the project needs more customers. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
A West Virginia House committee passes a bill to increase taxes from royalties on natural resources owned by people living outside the state. (WV News)
A journalist discusses his reporting on the risks of radioactive drilling waste from fracking operations. (WVPB)
A trial is expected to begin this week over a 2017 explosion at a petrochemical plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering a bill that would provide tax breaks for more coal-fired power plants. (WV Metro News)

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COAL ASH: The head of TVA says the utility has a “world class” coal ash cleanup approach despite claims by cleanup workers that they were lied to and harmed by its contractor after the worst coal ash spill in history. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia can be a state that produces solar energy and fossil fuels, a lawyer writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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