Southeast Energy News

Lawsuit: TVA rates penalize solar, efficiency to prop up power plants

UTILITIES: Clean energy advocates sue the Tennessee Valley Authority for electricity rates they say discourage businesses and homeowners from investing in solar and energy efficiency. (The Chattanoogan)

MORE: Duke Energy plans to reduce coal use and meet growing energy needs in the Carolinas by adding gas power plants and tripling solar capacity. (WFAE)

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COAL:
FirstEnergy wants to transfer a West Virginia coal plant into its bankrupt subsidiary’s portfolio, but the justification for the move is in doubt. (Energy News Network)
President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement withdraws his nomination over conditions of an ethical agreement. (WFPL)

SOLAR:
• A new solar co-op opens for business in Miami-Dade so residents can get group rates on home solar panel installations. (WLRN)
• After months of discussion, Campbell County, Virginia officials greenlight a solar project that will result in 200 local jobs. (News & Advance)
• Construction nears completion on a Lee County, Georgia solar farm that will supply more than half the power for a wastewater treatment plant. (WALB)
• A planned 125 MW solar farm in Augusta County, Virginia could become one of the state’s major solar energy projects. (Staunton News Leader)
• A new residential loft and business space in Bryan, Texas produces 40,000 watts of power from solar energy. (KBTX)

WIND: There are 3,736 wind turbines operating in Oklahoma that generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 2.3 million homes. (KOSU)

PIPELINES:
• The Augusta County, Virginia zoning board delays a vote on a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline storage yard after intense opposition from residents at a public hearing. (Staunton News Leader)
• Protesters continue to fight to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, a leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Louisiana bayous. (The Nation)

EMISSIONS: NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, says it plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions rate by more than 65 percent by 2021. (Sun Sentinel)

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GRID: Texas’ grid operator says it will have enough power to meet demand this fall after a summer of record-breaking electricity use. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• Florida is still suffering consequences from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and shouldn’t allow more offshore oil drilling, a policy coordinator for the Sea Turtle Conservancy says. (Gainesville Sun)
• The senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign says the Trump administration shouldn’t risk the lives and health of Americans to bail out the coal industry. (InsideSources.com)

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