Southeast Energy News

Kentucky miners’ protest ends after coal company pays wages

COAL: A three-day protest by Kentucky coal miners who blocked a railroad track over unpaid wages ends after the company pays all wages. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

ALSO: A federal judge in West Virginia refuses to toss the conviction of former coal company CEO Don Blankenship for conspiring to violate mine safety laws. (Associated Press)

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STORAGE: Florida Power & Light plans to install a mega-battery in a Miami neighborhood big enough to power 7,000 homes for four hours. (Miami Herald)

SOLAR:
Solar company Silicon Ranch partners with a Georgia livestock farm to encourage regenerative agriculture practices on solar farms. (Solar Power World)
The first solar panel installation project at West Virginia University, on the law school, should be completed in the spring or summer. (The DA)
A Texas solar company says it’s building a 100 MW solar farm near Waco. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Florida will buy 20,000 acres of privately owned wetlands to prevent oil drilling in the Everglades. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners says it is inspecting and testing a pipeline that ruptured and released 5,000 barrels of crude oil in an Arkansas neighborhood in 2013. (Sentinel-Record)
A pipeline safety meeting is held in Longview, Texas, to give pipeline operators and first responders the tools to assess emergencies. (KLTV)

UTILITIES:
Utility company Sempra has big plans for Texas, including building liquefied natural gas export terminals, adding renewables, and boosting electric vehicle adoption. (Houston Chronicle)
South Carolina’s attorney general blasts Dominion Energy for trying to recoup up to $1 billion in legal costs from utility Santee Cooper. (The State)

COMMENTARY: A South Florida resident describes how federal tax credits and other incentives got him to install solar panels. (ZDNet)

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