Southeast Energy News

TVA demolishes an Alabama coal plant

COAL: The Tennessee Valley Authority demolishes a coal plant in Alabama that ceased operations in 2015, and the utility is preparing the site for economic development. (

ALSO: Norton, Virginia, city officials grow the area’s outdoor recreation industry to power the city’s post-coal economy. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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• A longtime environmental advocate in Virginia the state is in a better position than ever to transition to clean energy, but a plan by Gov. Ralph Northam lacks specific goals. (Energy News Network)
• After passing a resolution to transition to 100% renewable energy in 2018, a committee in Norman, Oklahoma, sets a timeline and priorities for the upcoming year. (Associated Press)
• A Houston private equity firm launches a team to invest in renewable energy projects. (Houston Chronicle) 

EFFICIENCY: In Florida and the U.S., energy efficiency jobs are outpacing jobs in the solar or electric vehicle industries, a report from a business group shows. (Tampa Bay Times)

• The Tennessee Valley Authority hosts a public meeting in Tennessee about a power plant and coal ash, inviting residents to apply for a community action group. (The Tennessean)
• There is no coal ash in the top three inches of dirt at a soccer field in Tennessee, according to a report from the state health department. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• Roanoke County, Virginia, objects to a temporary workspace for Mountain Valley Pipeline developers on top of a mountain, saying it could be seen for miles. (Roanoke Times)
• A woman locks herself to Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment in Virginia to protest construction. (WSLS)

• Texas is in the midst of an oil and natural gas boom, but some industry experts say there could be a bust soon. (Texas Standard)
• Mississippi will get more than $20 million from the most recent phase of leasing revenues from four oil and gas-producing Gulf Coast states. (WJTV)

• The offshore wind industry can get thousands of unemployed oil and gas workers in Louisiana back to work, a columnist says. (
• The struggling nuclear fuel plant and abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project in South Carolina raise questions about whether the Energy Department should build complex projects, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• Kentucky regulators can fix the state’s struggling net metering program, an electric cooperative executive says. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A Florida scientist describes his experience with solar and energy storage he installed after Hurricane Irma to better prepare for storms like Hurricane Dorian. (CleanTechnica) 

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