Southeast Energy News

Judge rules against Duke Energy in coal ash case for the second time

COAL ASH: An administrative law judge again rules that North Carolina environmental regulators acted appropriately in requiring Duke Energy to excavate its unlined coal ash basins. (NC Policy Watch)

UTILITIES:
• North Carolina House lawmakers approve a bill to change how utilities finance storm repairs after removing a controversial section pushed by Duke Energy that would have allowed it to approve rate hikes three years in advance. (WRAL)
• A group representing some of Virginia’s largest employers, including Walmart, says Dominion Energy has too many carbon-emitting facilities in its renewable energy portfolio plan and that the utility is stifling renewable energy market growth. (Virginia Mercury) 

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PIPELINES:
• An appeals court hears arguments for and against an air pollution permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline gas compressor station in a historic African American community in Virginia. (Associated Press)
• A Kentucky utility is trying to use eminent domain to seize land from a private forest to build a natural gas pipeline and has sued a state board to break a conservation easement on the property. (WFPL)

COAL:
• Texas regulators have allowed coal companies to evade responsibility in cleaning up mine land, leaving potentially thousands of contaminated acres across the state. (Texas Tribune, Grist)
• A former coal mine and landfill in Texas is polluting groundwater with heavy metals but is being marketed as a “paradise.” (Texas Tribune, Grist)
• Murray Energy’s bankruptcy could put the miners’ union pension fund on the brink of insolvency. (Huffington Post)
• Murray Energy is the ninth coal producer to seek bankruptcy under President Trump’s administration. (Ohio Valley Resource)

SOLAR:
• Residential solar isn’t catching on in Houston as much as other cities, likely due to a lack of state incentives, according to an analytics company’s study. (Houston Chronicle)
• A developer is chosen to build a 57 MW solar project in Georgia under Georgia Power’s renewable energy initiative. (Solar Power World, news release)
• Ten low-income homes in North Carolina will receive grants to cover a community solar program and energy efficiency upgrades. (Watauga Democrat)
• Virginia residents pack a public meeting to voice support and concerns about a proposed solar farm. (Daily Press)

POWER PLANTS: North Carolina regulators schedule a public hearing in November for a power plant’s wastewater permit renewal. (Star News Online)  

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Advocates in Florida hold a meeting about the threat of offshore drilling off the coast and legislation to stop it. (Cape Coral Daily Breeze)

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