Southeast Energy News

Sickened coal ash workers fight for medical benefits, financial help

COAL ASH: Hundreds of workers who fell ill after cleaning up the nation’s largest coal ash spill 12 years ago are still waiting for financial or medical help from TVA and its contractor. (Southerly, The Guardian)

SOLAR:
• Culpeper County, Virginia, officials delay a decision on a solar project despite a fast-approaching deadline for developers. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)
• Loudoun County, Virginia, officials discuss proposals to collect new revenue from solar and other electric energy projects. (Loudoun Times)
• Duke Energy is in talks with Strata Solar to settle the latest contract dispute with a solar companyies alleging the utility violated state or federal law. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Finalists in a competitive solar project bidding process for Duke Energy recommended by an independent administrator include 11 projects totaling 689 MW. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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PIPELINES: Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension in North Carolina say its rejection by state regulators is a win for conservation and outdoor recreation. (Greensboro News & Record)

COAL: Kentucky collected just over $3.2 million in coal severance taxes, a 37% decline from the $5.1 million it received in July 2019. (Appalachian News-Express)

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OIL & GAS:
Almost 2 square miles of new marsh will be built in south Louisiana using $176 million of BP oil spill money. (NOLA.com)
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, will lose about 200 jobs as a helicopter company that services the oil and gas industry shuts down its facility. (WVUE)

COMMENTARY:
• A National Renewable Energy Laboratory report shows promising trends for the declining cost of offshore wind energy, a clean energy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• A Texas reporter says that while nearly half of the electricity generated in the state comes from natural gas-fired power plants, its dominance won’t continue as wind and solar grow. (Houston Chronicle)

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