Southeast Energy News

TVA knew about toxic coal ash decades ago

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Critics worry Duke Energy’s $76 million electric vehicle plan for North Carolina will give the company a monopoly and crowd out competition for charging infrastructure. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s own testing in 1981 and 1995 revealed coal ash contained radioactive materials and toxic heavy metals, but the company didn’t tell workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• A North Carolina Senate committee passes a bill that would change the way state regulators approve rate increases for Duke Energy and could help it get approval for increases to clean up coal ash. (WRAL)
• Officials in a North Carolina county pass a resolution to study cancer hot spots some believe may be related to coal ash contamination. (Fox 46)

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SOLAR:
• A public hearing for a utility-scale solar farm in northern Virginia will take place in July. (Free Lance-Star)
• A New Orleans company will install hundreds of solar arrays at low- and middle-income homes in Louisiana after receiving $20 million in funding. (WAFB)
• A Nashville solar company lands $60 million in new funding. (Nashville Business Journal)

WIND: A solar developer begins work on a 160 MW wind project in Texas. (Renewables Now)

RENEWABLES: Developers are looking to build multiple wind and solar projects in a western Texas county over the next several years. (CBS 7)

PIPELINES: More than 200 West Virginia oil and gas industry employees gather to attend a pipeline safety seminar. (WBOY)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A South Carolina senator introduces a clause in the state budget that would prevent state or local governments from approving plans to build facilities onshore to support offshore drilling. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• Locals and elected officials in Altair, Texas raise concerns about an oil and gas recycling facility that could be polluting a creek that flows into the Colorado River, prompting the state to sue the facility. (Texas Tribune)
• Vice President Mike Pence heads to the Permian Basin to promote the administration’s energy policies. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• New Orleans suing the oil and gas industry could damage plans to repair the coast, a geologist who works for the industry says. (The Advocate)
• Roanoke, Virginia is a solar energy leader in the state, says a resident and business advocate. (Roanoke Times)

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