Southeast Energy News

Kentucky officials approve massive tax break for coal company

COAL: Eastern Kentucky officials approve a deal to give a coal company millions of dollars in tax breaks to save 250 jobs. (Lexington Herald Leader)

MORE: Two mines owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice missed the deadline to install mine safety technology that protects miners from being crushed to death by machinery. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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NUCLEAR:
• Political games in the South Carolina legislature over the failed nuclear reactors could doom plans to cut customer electricity rates. (Post & Courier)
• Georgia regulators will hold hearings about Georgia Power’s Vogtle plant on May 2 and 3. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Two solar groups in Florida sue Jacksonville Electric Authority over changes to its net metering program, saying the utility is “short-changing” rooftop solar customers. (Daily Record)
• Florida-based NextEra Energy plans more solar and solar-plus-storage projects with Florida Power & Light. (PV Magazine)
• A large solar project at a Virginia medical center comes online; it will provide 17 percent of the hospital’s energy needs. (WDBJ)
• Duke Energy opens two solar farms in northern Kentucky that are some of the largest in the state. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

RENEWABLES: North Carolina students participate in “Renewable Energy Career Day” to learn about the future of jobs in the field. (Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald)

PIPELINES:
• FERC grants permission for Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to cut trees in Jefferson National Forest. (WV Metro News)
• A Louisiana Senate committee passes a bill that would criminalize trespassing at pipeline sites. (KATC)
• Franklin County, Virginia officials get permission from state environmental regulators to monitor Mountain Valley Pipeline construction activity. (Franklin News-Post)
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam defends state environmental regulators’ oversight of pipeline construction. (WDBJ)

COAL ASH: Dozens of environmentalists speak out against proposed changes to EPA coal ash rules at the agency’s one and only hearing in Arlington, Virginia. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Two Virginia senators raise concerns about how offshore drilling will impact military activity. (WTKR)

OIL: A South Florida family accuses the state of ignoring the law when rejecting their application for exploratory oil drilling in the Everglades. (Orlando Sun Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board argues a West Virginia airport is an ideal place to generate clean energy sources like solar. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Correction: Roanoke Electric Cooperative is based in North Carolina. An item in Tuesday’s digest misidentified its location.

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