Southeast Energy News

TVA power plant workers say they’re being exposed to coal ash

COAL ASH: Workers at two Tennessee Valley Authority power plants in Tennessee say they are being exposed to toxic substances including coal ash. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina utility SCANA quietly stopped its internal investigation into whether company leaders mismanaged the failed VC Summer nuclear project during Dominion Energy’s takeover of the company. (News & Observer)

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WIND: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to make a “major economic development announcement” at a port that has been identified by the state as a potential offshore wind manufacturing location. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR:
• A Florida couple says they were promised lower electricity bills with an expensive solar water heater, but their bills remained high and the system didn’t work well. (News 6)
• A Virginia solar company is now a certified Tesla Powerwall provider. (Solar Builder)

RENEWABLES:
• Texas oil and gas drillers who are using wind and solar are helping power the state’s renewable energy boom. (Energy Voice)
• Two Texas colleges lead the nation’s colleges and universities in using the most renewable energy, and a third school took third place for the highest number of electric campus vehicles. (Houston Chronicle)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia lawmakers weigh whether to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Nine years later, a West Virginia community still struggles to cope with a mine explosion that killed 29 miners. (WV Metro News)

PIPELINES: Protestors have been tree-sitting for more than 200 days in opposition of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)

NATURAL GAS:
• A settlement proposal for West Virginia landowners who allege they did not receive proper royalties for natural gas drilling reaches $53.5 million. (Dominion Post)
• Entergy utilities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi are building, acquiring or completing over 4 GW of gas-fired generation capacity in the next year. (Power Engineering)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Republican U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, who for years touted the benefits of offshore drilling, asks the Trump administration to exempt Georgia from offshore drilling plans. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: A majority of Republican voters in North Carolina say they want to break Duke Energy of its monopoly and support renewable energy, according to a survey by Conservatives for Clean Energy. (Progressive Pulse)

COMMENTARY:
• A bill introduced in North Carolina is disguised as a military protection act, but it is an unnecessary ban on wind energy, says a former renewable energy council president. (WRAL)
• It’s high time Duke cleans up its coal ash ponds across North Carolina, an editorial board says. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Solar jobs and installations are on the rise in Florida and good for the economy, a solar advocate writes. (Orlando Sentinel)

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