Southeast Energy News

North Carolina city declares ‘climate emergency,’ sets renewable goals

CLIMATE: Asheville, North Carolina, becomes the first city in the state to declare a “climate emergency” and sets goals to reduce emissions and increase renewable energy.  (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Duke Energy shuts down its coal units at the Lake Julian power plant in western North Carolina and prepares to switch to natural gas. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

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COAL:
Two dozen people died in mining accidents in the U.S. last year — 11 of them in coal mines — which is the lowest number ever recorded. (Associated Press)
West Virginia is investing in research to transform coal into carbon products, but critics say the state should put that money into renewables. (U.S. News & World Report)

OIL & GAS: A bill that would allow fracking companies to pay double the price to ensure permits are approved or denied within 45 days passes a West Virginia Senate committee. (Beckley Register-Herald)

PIPELINES:
A Virginia Tech professor has spent the last two years protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Collegiate Times)
A court dismisses a charge against a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester who blocked construction work in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

EMISSIONS: The natural gas industry underestimates methane emissions, and the switch from coal is less beneficial than the government reports, experts say. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
Duke Energy’s 100 MW solar plant in Texas, which is the company’s largest in the state, is now in service. (Renewables Now)
Utility experts break down how Floridians can take steps to install solar panels on their homes, and the benefits of going solar. (Sun Sentinel)

WIND: A Virginia economist says it’s “highly doubtful” that Dominion Energy’s offshore wind project will create 14,000 jobs. (Virginian-Pilot)

RENEWABLES: William & Mary signs an agreement with Dominion Energy to source nearly half of the university’s power from renewables. (news release)

NUCLEAR:
A judge dismisses South Carolina utility Santee Cooper’s efforts to stop a major court case over whether it can charge customers billions of dollars for a failed nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)
The head of the Tennessee Valley Authority says Chattanooga is “the nuclear heartbeat” for the utility, and wants to expand nuclear power operations. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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