Southeast Energy News

TVA will build solar farms to power Facebook data center

SOLAR: Tennessee Valley Authority will build two of the largest solar installations in Tennessee and Alabama to power Facebook’s new Huntsville, Alabama data center. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
• Florida will see a solar energy boom as the price of photovoltaic cells and installation costs drop to all-time lows. (E&E News)
• Dominion Energy launches a green bond program to help it develop 20 solar projects in California, Virginia, and the Carolinas. (Renewables Now)

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WIND: In a scathing 20-page order, Virginia regulators say they approved a $300 million offshore wind power project because of a legislative mandate, and that Dominion customers will bear all the costs and risks. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Candidates for Georgia Public Service Commission seats are not focusing on the controversial Vogtle nuclear plant. (E&E News, subscription)

STORAGE: A Texas utility gets a $1 million grant for a battery storage project. (Renewables Now)

TRANSMISSION: Dominion meets with Rapidan, Virginia residents about a six-phase transmission line project. (Madison County Eagle)

COAL:
A Kentucky surface mine owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has caused multiple flooding incidents. (Ohio Valley Resource)
Gov. Justice hires a former Massey Energy official in the Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
West Virginia’s Supreme Court issues a decision that could limit a coal miner’s ability to file workers’ compensation claims for black lung disease. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: Mooresville, North Carolina has more coal ash facilities than anywhere else in the state, and is home to a cancer cluster that the state has not addressed. (Mooresville Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators allow Energy Partners to put the last two segments of the Rover natural gas pipeline in service in West Virginia. (Reuters)
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is now expected to cost up to $7 billion, up $2 billion from when it was first announced. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance, funded by Murray Energy, loses its latest court battle to block construction of natural gas power plants in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Kentucky regulators say natural gas prices have fallen about 13 percent from this time last year. (Associated Press)
• Two New Orleans City Council members say they would consider a new vote on a proposed natural-gas-fired power plant. (E&E News, subscription)
• Another energy company joins the race to build an oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico. (Oil and Gas Investor)
• Corpus Christi plans to build a crude oil export terminal, which would be the first onshore facility in the U.S. that could accommodate large crude oil carriers. (Construction Dive)

COMMENTARY: Virginia is allowing Dominion to push a risky pipeline project through and ratepayers will have to shoulder the costs, the state’s former attorney general writes. (Washington Post)

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