Southeast Energy News

N.C. ‘clean coal’ plants fail to cut air pollutants, investigation shows

• Two Duke Energy “clean coal” plants in North Carolina pumped out more nitrogen oxides than before they switched to burning refined coal, according to an analysis of U.S. EPA data. (Reuters)
Some Pikeville, Kentucky residents hope the healthcare industry can replace lost coal jobs. (PBS Newshour)

COAL ASH: Dozens of plaintiffs must link their illness or death to coal ash exposure during the cleanup of TVA’s 2008 Kingston coal ash spill after a jury found the contracting company guilty of failing to protect them. (InsideClimate News)

• If solar panels were installed on all new Texas homes and apartment buildings by 2045, the state could see a ten-fold increase in solar capacity and reduce air pollution, a new study says. (San Antonio Current)
• Palm Beach County, Florida residents discover the economic benefits of rooftop solar by utilizing solar cooperatives. (Palm Beach Post)

• The Department of Defense and NextEra Energy extend a deadline again for a mitigation plan for a wind farm along a military airspace training route. (Enid News & Eagle)
• An Ørsted subsidiary is set to begin construction on a Texas wind farm that will produce enough energy to power 72,000 homes. (Power Technology)

• New legislation would allow the National Park Service to approve Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction under the Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Six states and D.C. ask FERC to scrap plans to limit climate reviews for natural gas pipeline applications. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Three oil companies reach a settlement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit over earthquakes in Oklahoma. (E&E News, subscription)

• South Carolina mayors say they plan to fight the Trump administration’s seismic testing permits for oil drilling in the Atlantic. (WSAV)
• Virginia conservation groups blast the decision to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast. (Daily Press)

NUCLEAR: The Grand Gulf nuclear plant in Mississippi attracts increased scrutiny. (E&E News, subscription)

• The runoff race for a Georgia Public Service Commission seat comes to a close today. (E&E News, subscription)
•  West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a staunch backer of the coal industry, is poised to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Florida regulators begin a annual three-day hearing on proposals to recover customer costs for energy conservation, purchased gas, fuel, and more. (Tampa Bay Times)  

• Texas should share renewable energy resources with Mexico to help it hit clean energy goals, an engineering professor says. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Most South Carolinians believe the climate is changing, but need to reach a consensus on what to do about it, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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