Southeast Energy News

Report omitted risks to workers cleaning up Tennessee coal ash spill

COAL ASH: A federal contractor hired in the wake of the nation’s largest coal ash spill in 2008 omitted information about worker safety and high radium levels from a final report, an investigation finds. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES: As construction resumes on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, activists question their momentum and contemplate new legal and regulatory strategies against the project. (Energy News Network)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy conservation was considered “low hanging fruit” of clean energy policy, but North Carolina lags behind 41 other states in fulfilling its energy efficiency potential. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for deaths and sickness from the regulation rollbacks of emissions from coal-fired power plants. (Associated Press)
• Hundreds apply to 120 open coal mining jobs in Hazard, Kentucky. (News Channel 5)

OIL & GAS:
• Developers of an underground natural gas liquids storage facility in West Virginia select a development and engineering firm to help with project planning and construction. (WVPB)
• Oil producers in Texas turn to trucks and rail to ship crude oil to refineries and export terminals on the Gulf Coast since pipelines are full. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Texas oil production falls year-over-year for the first time since February 2017. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oil prices rise after the evacuation of two Gulf of Mexico oil platforms in preparation for a hurricane. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• A European developer begins construction on a 240 MW solar project in Texas. (PV Magazine)
• After three years, a small solar farm for Duke Energy in North Carolina nears completion. (Gaston Gazette)
• North Carolina saw rapid growth of its solar industry because of expansion of local development companies, market forces, and government regulations. (Daily Tar Heel)
• A company files to build an 80 MW solar farm in North Carolina as part of Duke Energy’s renewable energy expansion program. (Rockingham Now)
• Duke Energy plans to build a large solar project that would create more than 100 construction jobs in Florida. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla Shuttle, a city-to-city shuttle service that uses Tesla electric vehicles, launches in Florida. (CleanTechnica)

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NUCLEAR:
• Federal regulators plan to take a closer look at a uranium leak at a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant. (Associated Press)
• Consumer and taxpayer watchdog groups in Georgia ask Congress to investigate the Vogtle nuclear project before the Energy Department finalizes additional loans. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• The third of four steam generators weighing 1.4 million pounds is successfully lifted into the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia. (Power Technology)

COMMENTARY: Santee Cooper’s decision to not disclose details of an audit of the nuclear reactors in South Carolina suggests a project cover-up, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)

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