Southeast Energy News

New Orleans fines Entergy for paid actors but OKs power plant

NATURAL GAS: The New Orleans City Council approves an Entergy natural gas plant while fining the company $5 million for using paid actors to influence the decision. (The Lens)

ALSO:
• Shelby County, Tennessee health officials place rules on how TVA can use wells at a natural gas plant. (Memphis Flyer)
• The majority of Tampa, Florida’s mayoral candidates oppose building a fracked gas plant and relying on fossil fuels. (Florida Politics)

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SOLAR:
• A bill that lifts restrictions on South Carolina’s rooftop solar industry by allowing homeowners who install solar to get better rates is unanimously approved by the House. (The State)
• The Kentucky Senate votes down the latest version of a bill that would give utility regulators authority to set rates solar customers get for electricity. (WFPL)
• Entergy will buy power from a 50 MW solar facility in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. (The Advocate)
• A judge will rule if a Jacksonville utility’s net metering cuts are constitutional. (Jacksonville Business Journal, subscription)
• Three Fairfax County, Virginia schools will install solar panels to help power their operations. (WDVM)

RENEWABLES: Tallahassee, Florida commits to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (North American Wind Power)

PIPELINES: Randolph County, West Virginia commissioners vote to write a letter of support urging legislators to resolve Atlantic Coast Pipeline issues and allow construction to restart. (The Inter-Mountain)

COAL: A judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission denies the Sierra Club’s request to require a utility to prove its decision to install scrubbers at a coal plant and charge ratepayers for it was necessary. (Oklahoman)

COAL ASH: Lawyers for the company TVA hired to clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill and the employees suing it alleging they were poisoned ask for more time to find a mediator to help resolve the dispute. (WBIR)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Georgia environmental groups join South Carolina groups in asking the government to block seismic testing for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UTILITIES:
• The South Carolina Senate forms a committee to study the sale of utility Santee Cooper, a sign that the deal will not happen quickly. (Post and Courier)
• TVA will hold a public meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee about its future electricity generation and operations next week. (Oak Ridger)

COMMENTARY:
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly failed to do right by Kentucky’s coal miners and struggling communities, an advocate writes. (Courier Journal)
• Safely disposing the oil industry’s wastewater is one of the biggest challenges for the Permian Basin, says an environmental advocate. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• North Carolina environmental advocates urge the state to end Duke Energy’s monopoly. (Appalachian Voices)
• South Carolina electric cooperatives need to be more transparent with customers, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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