Southeast Energy News

North Carolina looks to revoke tax breaks from some solar investors

• North Carolina’s tax collector is looking to cancel some of the $1 billion in tax breaks the state gave to solar farm investors. (News & Observer)
• A rural Georgia county approves special zoning for a NextEra solar farm that’s expected to generate $10 million in tax revenue over 30 years. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Florida’s major utilities are proposing much lower energy efficiency goals over the next decade than they have in the past. (WJCT)

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NUCLEAR: A $60 million refund for an unfinished nuclear power plant has resulted in comically small checks to former SCE&G customers. (The State)

• “Coal is over.” Meet the Appalachian miners who support the Green New Deal and see more economic promise in clean energy. (The Guardian)
• The Sierra Club says a proposed coal-to-liquids plant is lowballing its projected  emissions and should be denied an air quality permit. (The Dominion Post)
• Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed at a forum on the future of coal says God put coal on Earth for a reason, and that the industry is making a comeback in the state. (Yellowhammer, Daily Mountain Eagle)
• A major Kentucky coal producer plans to sell off its assets in a bankruptcy case that could impact hundreds of coal miners. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• A Kentucky mine that employs 200 people will stop producing coal within a week, the company said. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Georgia environmental groups object to Georgia Power’s plans to leave coal ash in unlined retaining ponds at several sites. (Associated Press)

• The U.S. EPA plans to rewrite Clean Water Act rules to fast-track pipelines and limit the ability of states or tribes to block projects. (InsideClimate News)
• Enbridge says it’s working on a plan to put in service a pair of pipelines adjacent to one that exploded Aug. 1 in Kentucky, killing one person. (Reuters)

GRID: Texas’ grid operator asks residents to conserve power during peak times today and Tuesday as the state faces summer heat. (San Antonio Express-News)

OVERSIGHT: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee will host an energy industry conference in Kentucky this fall. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce says solar panels and electric vehicles represent a larger story of a city that prioritizes sustainability. (Greentech Media)

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