Southeast Energy News

Memphis’ split with TVA in limbo after council vote 

UTILITIES: After intense lobbying, the Memphis City Council denies a key contract with a consultant that would have helped the city’s municipal utility study alternatives to buying power from the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Commercial Appeal)

PIPELINES: A coalition of environmental groups ask a federal appeals court to suspend recently issued stream-crossing permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline until the court can hear their full legal challenge. (Roanoke Times)

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SOLAR:
• A Florida county board denies a zoning exemption for a 650-acre solar project in a predominantly Black community after some residents said the proposal constituted environmental racism and would hurt property values. (WUFT)
• One North Carolina county enacts a temporary moratorium on solar farms while another adopts likely the state’s most stringent solar ordinance with setbacks and several design requirements. (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Stanly News & Press)

COAL ASH:
• Georgia Power says projects are completed or underway at 19 of the utility’s 29 coal ash ponds slated for permanent closure. (Savannah Morning News)
• Duke Energy will host a public meeting next week on its response to coal ash polluting groundwater near a Florida power plant. (Citrus County Chronicle)
• Georgia environmental groups recognize two state lawmakers for their efforts to protect water from coal ash pollution. (Brunswick News)

COAL: West Virginia University researchers are working to develop a better methane monitoring system to prevent underground mine explosions. (WV News)

NUCLEAR: The demolition of a former Duke Energy nuclear plant in Florida will take seven years instead of six decades because of a drop in costs. (Orlando Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: Crews worked to contain a leak in Texas after logging equipment struck an old well site, causing oil and natural gas to spew into the air. (KJAS)

COMMENTARY:
• As incumbents beat the same old drum, several Appalachian candidates are campaigning on the promise of clean energy jobs, a columnist writes. (Forbes)
• Virginia’s “zany and expensive regulatory model” rigs the system in Dominion Energy’s favor in a way not seen in any other state, a critic writes. (NRDC)
• An environmental advocate asks whether a pumped hydro project in Southwest Virginia is necessary or “one more Dominion boondoggle?” (Virginia Mercury)
• A columnist says U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, is wrong about wind and solar power being “silly solutions,” but correct that we need to embrace nuclear power. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority and neighbors of its Bull Run power plant share statements in response to misinformation on water quality. (Oak Ridger)

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