Southeast Energy News

Large utilities disclose water pollution at coal ash sites

COAL ASH: Groundwater contamination was documented at coal ash disposal sites across the country, according to reports made public Friday. The sites include coal plants owned by Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Associated Press)

• Alabama environmental regulators fine six coal plants $250,000 each for violating the state’s clean water laws by contaminating groundwater. (
• Georgia Power continues its efforts to close 29 coal ash ponds across the state. (Power Engineering)

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LEGISLATION: The West Virginia Senate passes a controversial oil and gas “co-tenancy” bill, though will have to be reconciled with the House-passed version. (Associated Press)

• Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers in Louisiana ask a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s order that temporarily stopped construction on a portion of the project. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups want Virginia regulators to conduct reviews for hundreds of spots where the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines will cross waterways, after a new report warns of their construction hazards. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

• A majority of South Carolina residents polled want Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy troubled SCANA. (The State)
• The CEO of Southern Power announces his retirement effective April 1. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

CLEAN ENERGY: Tennessee ranks the lowest of all states in an annual assessment of community clean energy policies. (Institute for Local Self-Reliance )

EMISSIONS: Tennessee lawmakers’ proposal to end vehicle emissions testing would not be an easy process and include negotiations with the EPA and emissions testers. (Nashville Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Construction equipment from South Carolina’s failed Summer nuclear expansion is auctioned in Florida. (Post and Courier)

POWER LINES: Florida Power & Light Co. plans a pilot program to put utility lines underground after Hurricane Irma affirmed they are more resilient. (Sun Sentinel)

• Virginia lawmakers are giving utilities permission to spend billions of dollars with less oversight, says a former electric and gas utilities executive and energy advocate. (Power For the People VA)
• The utility overhaul legislation awaiting Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature replaces an “outdated and old-fashioned business model,” says an attorney for the National Resources Defense Council.
• Duke Energy’s rate increase proposal for customers to pay for its coal ash cleanup overshadows the utilities’ proposal to spend $13 billion on grid modernization, which deserves a closer look, says the CEO of North Carolina clean energy group. (News & Record)

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