Southeast Energy News

Georgia communities pressure state to clean up coal ash

SOLAR: Charlotte, North Carolina, is the first customer to opt in to Duke Energy’s green tariff program for large customers to buy renewables. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Dominion Energy selects 16 schools in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for a program that teaches students about harnessing solar energy from a solar array installed at their school. (WSET)
Kimberly-Clark, a personal care brand, completes a 3 MW solar project at its Georgia manufacturing plant to help offset its emissions. (Energy and Environment Leader)
The Nature Conservancy is working with local developers to build a large solar project on abandoned mine land in West Virginia. (PV Magazine)

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COAL ASH:
A Georgia county approves water testing for the Juliette community, where residents say coal ash contamination has caused health problems. (WGXA)
Juliette residents fight for two bills in the state legislature that would increase regulations on the disposal of coal ash. (WGXA)
A bill that would prevent new coal ash landfills from being built near a river is approved by a Georgia Senate panel. (Associated Press)

COAL: Three coal company bankruptcies have added more than $800 million in costs to a federal program that funds health care for miners with black lung, a federal government report says. (Ohio Valley Resource)

MICROGRIDS: North Carolina electric cooperatives partner with a local farm to develop an agricultural microgrid that will benefit the farm and surrounding community. (Coastland Times) 

WIND: Tax income from a new wind farm in Mart, Texas, will benefit a local school district. (KWTX)

NUCLEAR: Two Santee Cooper executives who are part of a criminal investigation into the utility’s failure to finish two nuclear plants showed up for a meeting with South Carolina senators, but were asked few questions. (Associated Press)

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GEOTHERMAL: The main building at Louisville, Kentucky’s waterfront botanical gardens is now powered by geothermal energy. (Inhabitat)

COMMENTARY: A journalist compares the decline of local news to the decline of coal mining, saying the two jobs have more in common than people might think. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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