Southeast Energy News

Sickened coal ash cleanup workers still haven’t seen settlement money

COAL ASH: Attorneys representing coal ash cleanup workers who got sick or died from exposure to toxins say they have been unable to reach a settlement with TVA contractor Jacobs Engineering nearly a year after a jury decision in their favor. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

ALSO: Anderson County, Tennessee, residents demand answers from environmental regulators and Tennessee Valley Authority representatives about coal ash contamination. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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SOLAR:
• Virginia regulators create a toolkit for solar developers on how to incorporate pollinator-friendly habitats by growing native vegetation. (Energy News Network)
• An Arkansas county says it could develop a solar project by 2021 after conducting a feasibility study. (Times News)

WIND:
• A NextEra wind energy project in Oklahoma will be delayed until 2020 as the company negotiates with a nearby Air Force base. (Enid News & Eagle)
• South Carolina lawmakers and researchers are interested in the potential for offshore wind energy projects off the state’s coast. (WBTW)

RENEWABLES:
• Port Houston will buy renewable energy through a 10-year contract that is expected to save it $240,000 a year. (Houston Chronicle)
• The most environmentally-sustainable commercial building in the Southeast opens on Georgia Tech’s campus. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: The legal bills for Santee Cooper employees and executive reaches $1.7 million as lawsuits over the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project drag on. (Post and Courier)

COAL:
• As rural Kentucky coal communities suffer from floods and extreme weather related to climate change, the state’s leaders continue to prop up the coal industry. (Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones)
• West Virginia agencies prepare for $100 million in budget cuts, which officials say is partially because of a decline in coal and natural gas severance tax revenue. (Wheeling Intelligencer)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Most Americans say drilling for oil and gas off the coasts and on public lands should decrease or remain at current levels, according to a news organization poll. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Real estate company Zillow should create a market for rental units with solar panels and energy efficiency to help grow Florida’s solar industry, a renewable energy professional writes. (Sun Sentinel)
• Oklahoma utilities are adding wind and solar energy, but utility-scale battery storage will revolutionize renewables, an energy reporter writes. (Oklahoman)
• Natural gas is an important part of North Carolina’s carbon-free future, a Duke Energy executive writes. (Charlotte Observer)
• Fayetteville, North Carolina’s new community solar project is a step in the right direction, but the state can do more on solar, an editorial board writes. (Fayetteville Observer)

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