Southeast Energy News

Former TVA chairman criticizes utility’s spending during pandemic

UTILITIES:
• A former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman joins an environmental group in criticizing the utility for spending money on an advertising campaign during the pandemic. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A Florida municipal utility faces criticism for lifting its suspension of utility shutoffs starting today. (WJCT)  

PIPELINES: A House Oversight committee probe finds FERC consistently sides with gas pipeline companies over property owners in eminent domain disputes. (The Hill)

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OIL & GAS:
• Oklahoma-based shale gas company Chesapeake Energy is preparing a potential bankruptcy filing as it grapples with falling energy prices. (Reuters)
• Oklahoma regulators will consider a proposed emergency rule today setting requirements for how and where surplus crude oil can be stored. (Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR: As Entergy closes an aging nuclear plant in New York City, the company says it’s committed to continue operating five nuclear plants in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A solar developer announces plans for a 40-megawatt, 120,000-panel project on Browns Island in West Virginia. (WTOV)
• A generation and transmission cooperative serving Alabama and northwest Florida will buy power from an 80 megawatt solar plant. (Renewables Now) 

OFFSHORE WIND: Dominion Energy says its wind project off the coast of Virginia remains on schedule to be built in 2024. (Daily Energy Insider)

COAL: An attorney for coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says they plan to appeal a ruling ordering them to pay $35 million for defaulting on a mining contract. (Associated Press)

POLLUTION: Georgia has experienced a big drop in air pollution during the pandemic lockdown, including nitrogen dioxide. (CBS 46)

BIOGAS: General Mills has turned to biogas, including an anaerobic digester at a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, plant, to help meet its 100% renewable electricity goal. (Renewable Energy Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• Southern Company’s failure to report lobbying expenditures in Alabama or Georgia leaves investors and the public in the dark on its activities, a utility watchdog group says. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Virginia leaders should use the pandemic as a time to set priorities, make plans and improve policy for future clean energy growth, an advocate writes. (Virginia Mercury)
• A decade after Memphis was named one of the worst cities for biking, a bike culture has taken hold for the long haul, a bike share program director writes. (Memphis Flyer)

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