Southeast Energy News

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COAL ASH: Tennessee Valley Authority made a deal with the contractor accused of poisoning Kingston coal ash spill cleanup workers that could put ratepayers on the hook for damages. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL: The fate of South Carolina’s largest coal-fired power plant is uncertain as state leaders decide on the sale of utility Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)

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RENEWABLES:
• Kentucky’s largest electric utility seeks proposals to generate renewable energy. (Associated Press)
• Texas will face challenges in trying to replace coal with wind and solar alone, a report from consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says. (Houston Chronicle)
• Four Virginia Tech researchers win an Energy Department grant to study how to reduce the stress of renewables on the U.S. power grid. (Register-Herald)

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina representative calls on Dominion Energy to repay taxpayers $1,000 per household as a partial refund for a failed nuclear station. (WCBD)

PIPELINES:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper requests a public meeting for state officials to answer questions about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline approval process. (Charlotte Observer)
• Landowners along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are concerned about the use of eminent domain to take their property. (Reuters)
• A Houston company buys stakes in two pipelines that would move crude oil and natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• The University of Houston launches the Center for Carbon Management in Energy to connect scientists and students with the oil and gas industry to develop strategies for a low-carbon future. (Houston Chronicle)
• The East Baton Rouge Parish school board rejects Exxon’s request for tax breaks, setting off a fierce debate in Louisiana. (New York Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An oil and gas company applies to build a deepwater oil export terminal off the coast of Texas. (Oil & Gas Journal)

POLITICS:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin prepares to tout Appalachia’s energy resources in his new role as head of the Senate Energy Committee. (WVPB)
• The scandal over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could prevent the state from joining a regional cap-and-trade program this year. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
High consumer demand drove a record year in 2018 for wind energy development in states like Oklahoma and Texas, an industry group says. (AWEA blog)
• South Carolina lawmakers should keep all options for the purchase of Santee Cooper on the table, a columnist writes. (Post and Courier)

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