Southeast Energy News

TVA has new route for power line from Mississippi to Tennessee

TRANSMISSION: The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has a route for a transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee, which it says will create more energy reliability in Memphis. (Associated Press)

GRID:
• As the state’s grid strained during recent heat waves, the city of Victoria, Texas had a surplus of electricity from industrial companies generating their own power. (Texas Standard)
• Texas residential electricity prices increased 4.1% in the past two years compared to the U.S. average increase of 0.3%, according to the Department of Energy. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
• A proposed solar farm is back on the agenda for Albany, Georgia, officials after they rejected construction plans earlier this year. (Albany Herald)
• Results from a survey about solar and renewables will be available this week, Augusta County, Virginia, officials say. (Daily Progress)

WIND:
• President Trump disputes that wind power is working, but his Energy Department secretary touts the benefits of wind in Texas and beyond. (Los Angeles Times)
• A wind turbine catches fire and sparks a bigger blaze in Texas. (KTAB/KRAC)

EMISSIONS: Dependence on major coal plants is the main obstacle for some utilities, including Southern Company, to reaching deep emissions reductions. (E&E News)

COAL:
• Kentucky legislators consider a bill that would close a loophole that has allowed Blackjewel to operate without a bond to hold money for workers. (WHAS 11)
• A judge orders an evidentiary hearing within two weeks for the case between Blackjewel and the Labor Department. (WHAS 11)
• A federal judge in West Virginia recommends overturning the conviction of coal baron Don Blankenship, saying prosecutors withheld evidence that could have led to his acquittal. (New York Times)
• A West Virginia coal miner sues a coal company over safety violations after he is injured in a coal truck accident. (West Virginia Record)

PIPELINES: The cause of a fatal pipeline explosion in Kentucky is still in question, according to pipeline safety regulators. (Advocate-Messenger)

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OIL & GAS: Texas crude oil might have to go elsewhere because of China’s new 5% tariff. (Texas Standard)

COMMENTARY:
• The Permian Highway Pipeline should have more oversight and the public should have more say in its construction, says a Texas state representative. (Trib Talk)
• North Carolina is investing wisely in renewable energy, an editorial board says. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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