Southeast Energy News

TVA coal ash cleanup plan would pump arsenic into Mississippi River

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina judge approves a settlement over the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, splitting between $121 million and $146 million among current and former SCE&G utility customers. (Post and Courier)

• Environmental groups say the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash cleanup plan at a Memphis coal plant involves pumping dangerous amounts of arsenic into the Mississippi River. (Commercial Appeal)
• Tennessee regulators say TVA has nearly two years to investigate and release a report on coal ash at one of its power plants, raising concerns among residents. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• North Carolina environmental regulators say they aren’t surprised by Duke Energy’s reports of contaminated groundwater near coal ash facilities and it’s not cause for alarm. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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COAL: West Virginia University researchers complete a year-long project examining the history of a coal community in Monongalia County. (WVPB)

PIPELINES: North Carolina regulators deny Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate’s applications for water quality certification. (Times-News)

• A safety device failure contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at an Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal report. (Associated Press)
• If an oil and gas company is granted bankruptcy, a Texas county will have to pay back nearly $1 million in property taxes from 2017. (Cody Enterprise)
• An oil and gas company owned by the Dallas Cowboys owner buys an energy firm for $2.2 billion. (E&E News, subscription)

• A North Carolina bill would require large solar and wind farms to file recycling and disposal plans, including how they plan to pay for them. (WRAL)
• An Arkansas utility offers customers a solar tariff so they can purchase energy from nearby solar energy project. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Virginia landowners resubmit their proposal for a solar project that was denied last month. (Daily Progress)
• Virginia regulators sign off on three new solar projects expected to generate more than 200 MW combined. (NBC 29)
• A Virginia family sees economic benefits after switching their home to solar energy. (WTVR)

EFFICIENCY: A Chattanooga utility upgrades energy efficiency in 250 homes through a city-wide program. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

RENEWABLES: North Carolina issued over $1 billion in renewable energy tax credits in 2018, data shows. (Laurinburg Exchange)

UTILITIES: An Orlando utility seeks customer feedback on what they want the future of the company’s energy portfolio to look like. (Orlando Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Coal communities often left out of the conversation about renewable energy are becoming leaders in the movement to transition to clean energy, an advocate writes. (Environment America)

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