Southeast Energy News

Kentucky pressures coal companies to protect miners’ wages

COAL: The Kentucky Labor Cabinet issues violation notices to dozens of coal and construction companies that might be breaking a state law requiring them to post a bond to protect employee wages. (Lexington Herald Leader)

ALSO:
• A hearing begins to determine whether stockpiled coal at five Blackjewel sites in Appalachia must be removed, which could affect the miners’ protest in Kentucky. (Coalfield Progress, WBKO)
• An environmental group sues the Interior Department, alleging it has allowed former coal lobbyists to weaken protections for Appalachia’s endangered crayfish. (Courthouse News)
• West Virginia counties are forced to cut jobs as coal severance taxes decline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The president of the national miners’ union says climate policies like the Green New Deal could further hurt the coal industry. (WVPB)
• The decline of coal is taking a toll on the railroad industry, which gets a large chunk of its revenue from transporting coal. (Axios)

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HURRICANE DORIAN:
• The Carolinas brace for Hurricane Dorian to hit today, and utilities prepare for potential impacts on coal ash pits at power plants. (Associated Press)
• Duke Energy warns that the storm could leave 700,000 without power. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Utilities may avoid the worst of Hurricane Dorian, now a category 3 storm, but they say they’re prepared for whatever comes. (Utility Dive)
• Florida Power & Light uses a military-based approach for hurricane preparedness that helps keep the lights on for customers. (Palm Beach Post)

PIPELINES:
• After new pipelines opened in Texas, crude oil loaded onto vessels at Corpus Christi, Texas, hit a record of 1 million barrels per day. (Reuters)
• The piece of natural gas pipeline that exploded in Kentucky was more than 60 years old, according to a report. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil drops to near $55 a barrel, putting pressure on shale producers as investors are losing faith in the industry. (Bloomberg)
• A Houston energy company plans to build floating liquefaction vessels and export terminals in Louisiana despite hitting roadblocks. (The Advocate)

EMISSIONS: A North Carolina county plans to apply for grants to reduce emissions through Volkswagen’s settlement program. (Blue Ridge Now)  

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SOLAR:
• Developers begin to build one of Texas’ largest urban solar farms on a landfill in south Houston. (Houston Public Media)
• A solar group files testimony urging Florida Power & Light to include low-income households in its community solar program. (Solar Power World, news release)

RENEWABLES: A Texas energy executive says renewables are poised to grow in the state’s deregulated electricity market. (Clean Energy Finance Forum)

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