Southeast Energy News

Miners’ protest continues, bankruptcy court could decide if they get pay

COAL: Contura Energy makes a successful bid for the assets of three Blackjewel mines, and a bankruptcy court hearing today could determine if laid off miners get their paychecks. (Associated Press, Ohio Valley Resource)

ALSO:
• Miners blocking a coal train in Kentucky call on President Trump to visit their protest or talk about the pay they’re owed from Blackjewel. (CNN)
• Dozens of laid off miners travel to West Virginia for Blackjewel’s bankruptcy hearing. (Courier Journal)
• A worker dies after falling down an elevator shaft following a methane gas explosion at a coal mine in western Kentucky. (WKBO, Courier Journal)

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SOLAR:
• South Carolina utility regulators hire a firm with deep ties to power companies to develop new rules for solar energy in the state, raising concerns among some lawmakers and the solar industry. (Post and Courier)
• Amazon announces it will build a new solar farm in Virginia to help power data centers. (Associated Press)
• Some Houston, Texas, homeowners worried about power outages from hurricanes invest in rooftop solar. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Georgia county will reuse landfill waste as ground cover under a solar project. (LaGrange Daily News)

STORAGE: Utilities partner with state and federal agencies to open an energy storage research center in Alabama. (Solar Industry)

EMISSIONS: The next 18 months could determine the future of carbon dioxide emissions in South Carolina, according to an energy analyst. (Statehouse Report)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators order all work to stop along a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline because of failure to comply with erosion control plans. (Roanoke Times)
• While tree-sitters and other protesters try to hold the line on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, including one just arrested in West Virginia, lawyers use courts to halt construction. (Virginia Mercury, Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• A federal judge rules that tree-sitters blocking construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia will not be forced down. (WSLS)
• Enbridge’s pipeline in Kentucky that exploded last week and killed a person remains shut down while federal workers investigate the incident. (Reuters)
• The endangered golden-cheeked warbler is at the center of a fight over pipeline construction in Texas. (Grist)

OIL & GAS:
• Exxon Mobil and Chevron dominate the Permian Basin by ramping up production as smaller companies struggle. (Houston Chronicle)
New laws clarifying water rights issues could get companies to invest in water recycling for the oil and gas industry. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
• A North Carolina judge rules that state regulators had authority to order Duke Energy to excavate its coal ash pits across the state. (North Carolina Health News)
• Coal plant closures and the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill caused Tennessee Valley Authority’s operation costs to increase 22%, but the utility’s cost-cutting plan is ahead of schedule. (Knoxville News Sentinel, E&E News, subscription)

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UTILITIES: Jacksonville Electric Authority invites proposals to buy all or part of the Florida utility. (Florida Times-Union) 

COMMENTARY: South Carolina’s failed nuclear project refuses to end, but there may be hope with Santee Cooper’s new leader, a columnist writes. (Post and Courier)

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