Southeast Energy News

Groups to sue West Virginia coal companies over pollution

COAL: Environmental groups take the first step in suing 15 coal companies and a chemical company in West Virginia and Pennsylvania over pollution. (WVPB)

ALSO:
• A provision in a North Carolina ratemaking bill could offer a financing model to help Duke Energy close its coal-fired power plants sooner rather than later. (Energy News Network)
• Kentucky lawmakers meet with state environmental regulators to discuss how to help the struggling coal industry, possibly by lowering taxes on coal companies. (WFPL)

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OIL AND GAS: Natural gas producers in West Virginia can no longer drill on one person’s property to reach gas reserves under adjoining areas, the state Supreme Court ruled. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

EMISSIONS: TVA is close to deciding on its long-term energy plan, likely with a focus on cutting carbon emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Nashville government agencies are on track to get all their power from renewable energy sources by 2041, according to an ordinance adopted by the metro council. (Community Impact Newspapers)

SOLAR:
• Starbucks announces a deal to buy solar from three projects in Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. (Greentech Media)
• Auburn University and Tyson Foods open an off-grid solar-powered poultry house. (Solar Power World)
• Officials in a Virginia county move forward with plans for a solar farm and data center instead of an industrial megasite that residents opposed. (Chesterfield Observer)
• A solar group helps Florida update its proposal process to help solar cooperative members choose the best installer. (Solar Power World)
• Facebook will buy solar from a project in Texas in a move to power its data centers and lead in direct investment by tech companies. (Dallas Morning News)

NUCLEAR:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority fires several nuclear whistleblower program managers, which attorneys for the employees say is to quell safety complaints without review by regulators and the public. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The Department of Energy proposes to ship nuclear waste from South Carolina to the western United States under a plan that would reclassify some of it as less dangerous. (The State)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Coastal business owners in South Carolina express concerns about the effects of offshore drilling. (WTOC)

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