Southeast Energy News

Tennessee has a new solar-powered airport

Correction: Dominion Energy is considering a Virginia county as a location for a $2 billion hydroelectric pumped storage facility. An item in Wednesday’s digest misidentified the utility involved in the project.

SOLAR: A debate over the Atlantic Coast Pipeline divided Union Hill, Virginia. Now, a nonprofit hopes solar can help bring the community back together. (Energy News Network)

• A solar farm is completed at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, airport, making it the nation’s first airport to produce enough power for its daily power needs. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Tallassee, Alabama, may turn a former municipal airport into a solar farm. (Tallassee Tribune)
• A renewable energy company plans to build two solar projects on 1,000 acres near the Crystal River in Florida. (Citrus County Chronicle)
• Safety Harbor, Florida, becomes the ninth city in the state to commit to powering with 100% clean energy. (Fox 13)
• Newberry, Florida, will purchase 1 MW of solar energy from a municipal power agency, equivalent to 5% of the city’s energy usage. (WUFT)
• The construction of an Alabama solar farm is “in a holding pattern,” developers say. (Anniston Star)

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• For the first time, Texas energy regulators weigh how to reduce natural gas flaring. (E&E News, subscription)
• Oil giant Phillips 66 proposes a deepwater crude export terminal off the Gulf Coast, challenging several other companies racing to export. (Reuters)

• Residents in a North Carolina community continue to pressure city councilors to reverse course on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• The Austin City Council unanimously passes a resolution opposing the Permian Highway Pipeline. (KVUE)

• Mine and steel worker unions urge federal mine regulators to implement stricter regulations on silica dust to protect coal miners from black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A Kentucky state representative urges Congress to fast-track a bill that would clean up abandoned coal mines and promote economic development in Appalachia. (WFPL)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will take temporary control of maintenance of a sports complex possibly contaminated by the 2008 coal ash spill. (WBIR)

• As the Trump administration’s trade disputes intensify, most counties that rely on oil and other exports are in the South and Midwest, a researcher says. (Pew Research)
• Former surface mines in Virginia can be used for solar development, which will bring jobs to the area, an advocate writes. (Roanoke Times)

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