Southeast Energy News

Tennessee residents pressure TVA to clean up coal ash sites

COAL ASH: Southeast states and utilities are starting to reach agreements to clean up coal ash sites, but Tennessee residents and environmental lawyers say the Tennessee Valley Authority lags far behind. (Southerly)

ALSO: Georgia residents test their water for coal ash contaminants as bills to address pollution slowly move through the state legislature. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

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OIL & GAS: Louisiana and Texas businesses tied to the oil and gas industry could suffer from low crude oil prices due to demand decline and the spread of coronavirus. (The Advocate, Texas Tribune)

COAL: Appalachian activists and labor union groups urge Congress to pass two coal mine cleanup bills and an extension of federal black lung benefits. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power orders the first nuclear fuel load for its Vogtle plant, a milestone for the first newly designed U.S. nuclear reactors in 30 years. (Daily Energy Insider) 

• Solar developers push for widespread solar-ready building requirements that Orlando, Florida, has already adopted. (Solar Power World)
• North Carolina landowners with plans for a solar farm sue their local government over a zoning dispute. (Port City Daily)
• Arkansas solar companies plan to develop the state’s first solar-powered medical facility and use solar to power a wastewater facility. (Arkansas Business)

EMISSIONS: A Florida middle school is “on the right track” to becoming a net-zero energy school when it’s rebuilt this summer, experts say. (Bradenton Herald)  

WIND: Residents of a Virginia County are evenly split over a proposed wind farm on a nearby mountain, a survey shows. (Roanoke Times)

UTILITIES: Environmental groups’ polls continue to show support among Memphis, Tennessee, residents for leaving the Tennessee Valley Authority for a cheaper power supply. (Commercial Appeal)

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PIPELINES: Pipeline opponents in West Virginia protest at TransCanada’s building in Charleston. (WV Metro News) 

COMMENTARY: Pipeline opponents should raise money to pay lawyers to stop projects, not waste time protesting, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)

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