Southeast Energy News

Southeast oil refineries emitted excessive cancer-causing chemical

SOLAR: Fairfax County, Virginia, legislators are leading the charge to lift a cap on solar power purchase agreements in Dominion’s territory. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
A South Carolina land trust will prevent future development at the site of a former tomato farm where a solar farm is being built. (Island Packet)
A Texas school district installs solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades to save money. (CBS 4)
A bill up introduced in Florida would streamline the process for public schools to install solar infrastructure. (The Floridian)

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OIL & GAS:
Ten U.S. oil refineries — including six in Texas and two in Louisiana and Mississippi — released the cancer-causing chemical benzene in concentrations that exceeded federal limits in 2019, according to an Environmental Integrity Project report. (Texas Tribune, Reuters)
The daughter of a worker who was killed in a Texas oil well explosion sues an energy company and three oilfield service firms for $1 million. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Florida lawmakers consider a measure that would allow for more electric car charging stations on state highways. (WFSU)

STORAGE: Texas utilities want access to battery storage to increase their profits in a deregulated energy market. (Houston Chronicle) 

NUCLEAR: South Carolina utility Santee Cooper considers a possible settlement with the main contractor on the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COAL: Mine safety regulators meet for the first time with miners’ health researchers to discuss ways to better protect coal miners from dust that causes black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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COAL ASH:
Legislation to require the excavation of coal ash ponds owned by Appalachian Power in Virginia advances in the state general assembly. (Roanoke Times)
Duke Energy says it spent $622 million cleaning up coal ash over a 12-month period from late 2018 to late 2019. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
A North Carolina court approves a settlement between Duke Energy and state  environmental regulators over the cleanup of 80 million tons of coal ash. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia should adopt a solar energy bill to help draw more business to the state, a columnist and talk radio host writes. (WV Metro News)

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