• Tennessee’s Attorney General demands the TVA hand over data showing the contamination of a river that feeds Nashville’s water supply. (The Tennessean, Southern Environmental Law Center)
• An environmental group urges a Georgia county to halt the expansion of coal ash disposal there. (WTOC)

MICROGRIDS: Two microgrid projects sprout in Virginia following a trail blazed by a dairy plant that was financially vulnerable to power outages. (Southeast Energy News)

POLICY: Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia praises President-elect Trump’s pick to run the EPA. (The Hill)

• Watch to see what 30 years of mountaintop removal for mining coal looks like in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Miners in southwest Virginia worry whether they will received needed health insurance benefits. (WCYB)
• A job fair for open “black hat” mining jobs draws more than 200 in Princeton, West Virginia. (WVVA)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Authorities are investigating the case of a Renaissance Offshore platform fire off the Louisiana coast during which all four workers aboard were rescued. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

PIPELINE: Buckingham County, Virginia approves a compressor station for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

SOLAR: With a tax break in hand, a developer announces two large solar farms in South Carolina. (T&D)

UTILITIES: The TVA outlines steps it takes around the clock to protect against cyber attacks. (The News Courier)

NATURAL GAS: Most of the liquefied natural gas exports out of Sabine Pass, Louisiana went to Latin America, not Asia as predicted. (POWER Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A community college in North Carolina boosts its number of charging stations to six. (Wake Tech Newsroom)

• How regulators are allowing cost overruns by Georgia Power for two new nuclear reactors is the latest evidence of a “big gap” regulating a powerful monopoly. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A “rebel south” alliance of indigenous tribes in Florida rises up to protest the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline. (
• With his pick to head North Carolina’s Dept. of Environmental Quality, Gov. Roy Cooper shows he’s serious about protecting the state’s air and water. (Fayetteville Observer)
• The former head of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality who demoted himself to keep a job should be fired. (WRAL)

Jim Pierobon, a policy, marketing and social media strategist, was a founding contributor to Southeast Energy News. He passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018.

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