Southeast Energy News

Trump lobbies TVA to keep Kentucky coal plant open

COAL: President Trump urges TVA to keep a western Kentucky coal-fired power plant open despite the utility’s conclusion that it should be shut down. (Bloomberg, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO: A Kentucky sheriff suspends all law enforcement activity after a sharp decline in coal severance tax money leaves it without a budget. (WIBW)

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SOLAR:
• Florida has long lagged on solar power, but that is changing as utility companies invest in the economical technology. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Texas prepares for a boom in utility-scale solar energy, with more than 5 GW of projects planned. (PV Magazine)
• Southern Arkansas University Tech will build a 1 MW solar project that will provide about 70 percent of its energy. (Magnolia Reporter)
• A North Carolina solar company partners with the Nature Conservancy to develop fences around solar farms that are friendly to wildlife. (Coastal Review)
• Duke Energy offers a community solar option for South Carolina residents. (Utility Dive)
• A Kentucky winery uses solar energy to produce wine. (WEKU)

EFFICIENCY: Two programs offer incentives for Oklahoma utilities to invest in energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: SCE&G customers will not receive a $1,000 rebate for the utility’s abandoned nuclear site despite what Dominion said when it bought the company. (WCIV)

UTILITIES: A citizens group in Florida pushes to deregulate the state’s energy market. (WFTV)

PIPELINES:
• FERC approves part of TransCanada’s request to put its Gulf XPress natural gas pipeline into service in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. (Reuters)
• Two pipeline developers in Texas team up to move crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas breaks a crude oil production record from the 1970s, producing more than 1.54 billion barrels in 2018. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Colorado natural gas company will pay $3.15 million in fines over pollution violations at 32 drilling sites in West Virginia. (Associated Press)
• Environmental activists in Louisiana push 11 bills that would address air and water pollution from the oil and gas industry. (WAFB)
• Sierra Club fights to stop Tampa Electric from turning a coal-fired power plant into a natural gas plant. (Tampa Bay Times)

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