Southeast Energy News

TVA considers closing two more coal-fired power plants

COAL: The Tennessee Valley Authority will study whether it should close two coal-fired power plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
The EPA administrator and a Kentucky state representative tout the administration’s plan to weaken regulations on coal-fired power plant emissions during a visit to Kentucky. (Lexington Herald Leader)
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, led by the mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, criticizes the Trump administration’s emissions plan. (Utility Dive)
Coal industry experts and analysts say the president’s plan to stop the decline of coal won’t work. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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COAL ASH: Earthjustice sues for records about coal ash pollution from a power plant contaminating a Kentucky lake. (WFPL)

SOLAR:
Officials break ground on a new solar farm in Tennessee, and an Arkansas electric cooperative flips the switch on a new solar array. (Herald & Tribune, Magnolia Reporter)
Augusta County, Virginia landowners can’t find common ground over a proposed large solar project. (Daily Progress)
Officials in Ringgold, Georgia approve a bid for the city’s first solar project. (Catoosa County News)
The signup deadline for a solar bulk purchasing program that would cut the cost of solar by up to 25 percent for Atlanta residents is being extended. (Atlanta Business Journal)

RENEWABLES: Exxon Mobil looks to purchase 12 to 20 year contracts for 100 to 250 MW of renewable energy in Texas. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
Environmentalists and consumer groups protest Tennessee Valley Authority’s changes in rates and programs. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Dominion Energy holds meet-and-greets around South Carolina about its potential acquisition of utility company SCANA. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
An oil pipeline developer and Louisiana authorities use a controversial new law to arrest at least nine pipeline protesters. (InsideClimate News)
The Mountain Valley Pipeline experiences layoffs in West Virginia while most construction is halted. (WTRF)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who represents an oil industry group, says he “overstated” his claim that oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster didn’t reach Florida’s shores. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
A CEO and a professor tout Asheville, North Carolina as a success story for collaboration on clean energy and pollution. (News & Observer)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is finding it hard to hold a middle ground between pipeline advocates and opponents, an editorial board says. (Virginian-Pilot)

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