Southeast Energy News

Kentucky solar farm stalls as coal company falls behind on mine cleanup

SOLAR: A planned solar farm on abandoned mine land in Kentucky is in limbo because a West Virginia coal company is years behind on reclaiming the land. (InsideClimate News)

MORE:
• Atlanta launches its first community solar program. About 400 residents have signed up and organizers expect it to be one of the largest in Georgia. (Atlanta In Town)
• St. Petersburg, Florida officials approve a lease with Duke Energy to install a solar canopy at a parking lot, which will generate enough energy to power 40 homes a year. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Two solar farm applications are under review in Culpeper County, Virginia. (The Free Lance-Star)

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NUCLEAR: A South Carolina state agency says SCE&G refuses to release records that could be used to justify cutting the cost the utility charges customers for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. (Island Packet)

HYDROPOWER: Duke Energy plans to sell five small hydroelectric plants in western North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• A federal court rejects FERC’s motion to suspend a petition for review of an order authorizing the Mountain Valley Pipeline, allowing a case by environmental groups to move forward. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Pipeline developers prepare to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia despite a federal court vacating a key permit. (The Exponent Telegram)
• A Virginia nonprofit sues the Forest Service over officials denying a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester medical access. (ThinkProgress)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A bipartisan Florida congressional delegation delivers a unanimous message against offshore drilling, citing the dangers it poses to the state’s tourism industry. (McClatchy DC)

COAL: Volunteers are needed to help rehabilitate former mine land in West Virginia by planting trees and restoring wetlands. (WOWK)

COAL ASH: North Carolina’s Public Staff joins the attorney general and Sierra Club in asking the Supreme Court to overturn a utility commission ruling that customers should pay to clean up Duke Energy’s coal ash. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Nuclear power has to shake off its links to the coal industry before it can move forward with new technology and more projects. (Houston Chronicle)
• Author Dick Munson explores Nikola Tesla’s vision for clean energy in his new book, Tesla: Inventor of the Modern. (Midwest Energy News)

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