Southeast Energy News

Oklahoma law requires military clearance for wind projects

WIND: A new Oklahoma law says wind energy companies must get clearance from the military and federal aviation regulators before starting construction near military bases. (KSWO)

ALSO: Air Force officials say Oklahoma’s growing wind industry is limiting routes for low-level training flights. (News9)

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EMISSIONS: Illegal emissions of sulfur dioxide in Texas’ Permian Basin are likely pushing pollution levels past Clean Air Act limits and making people sick, according to a report by an environmental group. (Texas Observer)

SOLAR:
• Florida is rapidly growing its solar industry, but solar advocates have concerns about barriers to community solar programs. (Utility Dive)
• An Arkansas correctional facility uses solar to generate about 40% of its energy. (KAIT)
• A Georgia county installs solar panels on city buildings to help reduce energy costs. (Moultrie Observer)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups urge a court to block Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction because of its impacts on endangered species. (Courthouse News Service)

COAL ASH:
• Residents of a North Carolina county continue to search for answers about health risks related to potential coal ash contamination. (Fox 46 Charlotte)
• The new Tennessee Valley Authority CEO appoints executives to help tackle coal ash cleanup and other issues. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

OIL & GAS:
• A senior adviser to West Virginia’s governor leaves the board of natural gas giant EQT. (WV Metro News)
• Chevron bows out of a deal to acquire Andarko Petroleum, which would have boosted its oil drilling in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. (The Advocate)

DEVELOPMENT: Advocates warn that the area around Big Bend National Park in Texas must be developed responsibly by the energy industry to preserve it. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s energy efficiency programs can serve as a model for the Southeast, an advocate writes. (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
• To stop natural gas flaring from releasing harmful emissions, Texas needs to build pipelines, writes a real estate executive. (Houston Chronicle)
• Nuclear power shouldn’t be included in the Green New Deal, a sustainability advocate in Georgia says. (Florida Times-Union)
• South Florida lawmakers are eager to support legislation that would put a price on carbon emissions, an environmental advocate writes. (Sun Sentinel)
Mississippi deserves better than Enviva’s proposed wood pellet plant, a climate justice advocate says. (Jackson Clarion Ledger)

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