Southeast Energy News

Push to save ‘clean’ coal plant could alter Virginia clean energy bill

COAL: Southwest Virginia officials push for an amendment to the Clean Economy Act that would delay closure of one of the country’s newest coal plants from 2030 to 2050. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The decline of coal-burning power plants — and the air pollution that comes with them — has directly correlated with increased soybean and corn yields in states like Kentucky, two recent studies show. (Anthropocene)

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COAL ASH: After years of raising concerns about coal ash, residents in Juliette, Georgia, hope that state lawmakers will take action to strengthen regulations. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FOSSIL FUELS:
West Virginia lawmakers approve tax breaks for the coal and natural gas industries despite objections from residents and researchers who are concerned about climate change. (Beckley Register-Herald)
Water in Appalachian communities is contaminated by the coal and gas industries, but residents don’t know how to hold companies accountable. (Ohio Valley Resource)

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper executives try to convince South Carolina lawmakers to trust them and not sell the utility after it wasted billions of dollars on an unfinished nuclear plant. (Post and Courier)

BIOMASS: A Georgia Senate panel approves a near-ban on burning chemically treated railroad ties to generate biomass energy. (Georgia Recorder)

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POLITICS:
Democratic presidential candidates with plans to eliminate the oil and gas economy try to reassure Texas workers they will have alternative career paths. (Houston Chronicle)
A Texas congressman who has repeatedly voted in support of the oil and gas industry faces a primary challenge from a Green New Deal candidate. (Earther)
The race for a seat on Alabama’s Public Service Commission heats up, as Democrats discuss the need for more transparency. (Montgomery Advertiser)

COMMENTARY:
A fifth solar cooperative in St. Petersburg, Florida, could make the city a solar energy leader, an editorial board says. (Tampa Bay Times)
Approving Florida Power & Light’s cost-effective solar program is a no-brainer, says the director of Conservatives for Clean Energy Florida. (Florida Politics)
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is needed now more than ever to help transition Appalachia from coal, an editorial board writes. (Free-Lance Star)

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