Southeast Energy News

The Southeast could soon be home to the world’s oldest nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: The U.S. may soon have the world’s oldest nuclear reactors as utilities try to extend the lives of plants in Florida and South Carolina, worrying some residents and scientists. (Bloomberg)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Virginia legislature passes a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state’s coast; it’s expected to be signed by Gov. Ralph Northam. (Reuters)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Oklahoma can remain an energy leader if it focuses on storage, electric vehicle charging, solar, and more, according to a report by the policy nonprofit Oklahoma Academy. (Oklahoman)

SOLAR:
A Birmingham, Alabama, church group petitions state utility regulators to help grow renewable energy and end Alabama Power’s solar tax. (AL.com)
Lakeland, Florida, officials consider options for replacing a coal-fired power plant unit, including solar and natural gas. (The Ledger)
West Virginia lawmakers spend hours discussing a bill to make it easier for companies to get solar power, but achieve no resolution. (WV Metro News)
Solar advocates gather in Katy, Texas, to promote workshops on installing solar panels. (Houston Chronicle)
A solar company considers Lowndes County, Mississippi, as a potential location for a $200 million solar project pending TVA’s decision. (The Dispatch)

WIND: Botetourt County, Virginia, officials will hold a meeting about a long-delayed wind farm proposed on a mountaintop in the area. (Roanoke Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes to Twitter to ask if the electric car manufacturer should build a new gigafactory in Texas. (Reuters)

COAL ASH:
A bill that would increase the fee utilities pay to store toxic coal ash in Georgia landfills clears a Senate committee. (Savannah Morning News)
The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to use a new site to dig up soil and other fill material for coal ash storage at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (Oak Ridger)
An environmental group is hosting a community meeting this week about TVA’s Bull Run plant and coal ash storage. (Oak Ridger)

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OIL & GAS:
A bill filed by Sen. Bernie Sanders to ban fracking receives support and opposition in Texas, where the natural gas industry is booming. (Texas Public Radio)
A Louisiana island that is a crucial nesting ground for pelicans is being restored after the BP oil spill devastated it a decade ago. (Associated Press)
U.S. chemical safety regulators will investigate a drilling rig fire that killed three people in Texas last week. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Florida regulators approve a proposal to allow Duke Energy to charge customers $171.3 million for Hurricane Dorian costs. (News Service of Florida)

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