Southeast Energy News

Georgia wants EPA approval on state coal ash permit program

COAL ASH: Georgia hopes to become the second state to win federal approval to regulate coal ash disposal, but environmental groups say the process lacks transparency and public input. (Energy News Network)

COAL: West Virginia University researchers open a facility to capture rare earth materials from coal mine runoff. (Parkersburg News)

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NATURAL GAS: North Carolina farmers use hog manure to create renewable natural gas, but the process needs to get cleaner and more affordable. (The Daily Beast)

• West Virginia regulators cite the Mountain Valley Pipeline for water quality violations for the fifth time since April. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Coastal parishes in Louisiana prepare for next year’s trial against oil and gas companies to pay for eroding coasts. (Houma Today)
• Landowners, activists, and industry leaders submit public comments to federal regulators about new pipelines. (Daily Yonder)
• Chesapeake, Virginia residents protest a natural gas pipeline. (WVEC)

HYDROPOWER: Owners of four North Carolina dams are losing their bid to make Duke Energy buy the power they generate. (WRAL)

• The number of Arkansans using solar doubled in 2017, though it’s still fewer than 1,000 customers. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
• A solar farm in northern Alabama produces enough energy to power 50 homes. (Decatur Daily)
• A Sonic Drive-In in Oklahoma adds rooftop solar panels to generate 20 percent of its electricity. (News OK)

RENEWABLES: Atlanta works toward an ambitious goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (Sierra Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Meridian, Mississippi installs two electric vehicle charging stations. (WTOK)

NUCLEAR: Utility executives offered to give customers a larger rebate for a failed nuclear project if South Carolina lawmakers scrapped a law requiring reduced electricity bills. (WIS-TV)

• Texas’ electricity grid produces more energy than it ever has, setting a peak demand record. (Axios)
• West Virginia is above average in production and consumption of energy, according to new federal data. (Register-Herald)

EFFICIENCY: Brentwood, Tennessee officials will vote on changes to the city’s energy efficiency rules for buildings and homes. (Brentwood Home Page)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida begins awarding money for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Associated Press)

• A new Kentucky law makes it harder for people hurt on the job to qualify for workers compensation, impacting coal miners with black lung disease. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A reporter explains how a black community in Virginia will be disproportionately impacted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Daily Progress)
• The program director for Solar United Neighbors of Virginia says the state’s modernized electric grid should be resilient and democratic for customers. (Roanoke Times)

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