Southeast Energy News

Supreme Court to hear Atlantic Coast Pipeline case today

PIPELINES: Supreme Court oral arguments begin today for a case over a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. (WVPB)

ALSO: Virginia lawmakers advance legislation by a Republican who wants to protect Dominion Energy customers from possible overcharges for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
Solar panels on former president Jimmy Carter’s farm in Georgia now power operations for about half the town of Plains. (The Week)
A Kentucky utility’s community solar farm is growing, but some customers say they pay too and the program isn’t as effective as it could be. (WDRB)
Mississippi environmental regulators find that a solar farm violated permits intended to control erosion and sediment. (Meridian Star)

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper reaches a tentative $520 million settlement over the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project that could lead to customer refunds. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS: Durham officials agree to give the Durham Housing Authority $1.4 million to replace leaking gas stoves with electric stoves. (News & Observer)

COAL:
An Australian coal company announces it is closing a Kentucky mine, and the subsidiary that owns it is filing for bankruptcy. (WKU Public Radio)
Kentucky coal miners are caught up in changes to state law limiting who can diagnose black lung disease because doctors making decisions on claims more often side with coal companies. (Ohio Valley Resource)
A West Virginia plant is working to turn acid mine drainage into minerals for things like smartphones, electric cars and satellites. (Christian Science Monitor)

COAL ASH:
Anderson County, Tennessee, residents speak out in opposition to a proposed coal ash landfill, but it’s unclear if the county can stop TVA from building it. (Oak Ridger)
A large number of Roxboro, North Carolina, community members attend a meeting with environmental regulators about Duke Energy’s coal ash excavation plans. (Courier Times)
Test results show many Juliette, Georgia, residents have coal ash contaminants in their drinking water, so environmental groups are closely watching legislation to regulate coal ash. (Jackson Progress-Argus)

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UTILITIES:
Dominion Energy says a reduction in fuel rates should save Virginia customers an average of $6 a month under a new proposal. (Daily Press)
A bill that would restore Virginia regulators’ authority to review Dominion Energy’s base rates may face opposition in the Senate. (Virginia Mercury)

COMMENTARY:
The Supreme Court case over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has broad implications for West Virginia’s energy economy, a columnist writes. (WV Metro News)
Virginia Tech has done little to reduce emissions or tackle climate change, a student writes. (Roanoke Times)
Energy production and pipeline development threaten biodiversity in Texas, a wildlife advocate writes. (Austin American-Statesman)

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