Southeast Energy News

Unlikely allies call for utility reform in Virginia

UTILITIES: A coalition of unlikely allies calls for breaking up Virginia’s monopoly utilities and letting customers choose power providers. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority defends its participation in a utility trade group that has fought against tighter air pollution standards. (E&E News)
• At Dominion Energy’s annual meeting, protesters say the utility hasn’t done enough to address climate change or help poor people improve energy efficiency. (The State)
• Dominion’s CEO said a recent rollback of utility rates was a better deal for South Carolina than its rescinded offer of $1,000 rebates. (Post and Courier)

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COAL ASH:
Boat loads of coal ash from power plants in Puerto Rico are being shipped across the ocean to a landfill in Central Florida. (WFTV)
• Santee Cooper crews haul away the last load of coal ash from storage ponds at a former generating station in Conway, South Carolina. (WMBF)

COAL:
• A federal appeals court upholds a decision that coal mining executive Bob Murray intimidated and interfered with miners’ rights to report unsafe working conditions. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
• The federal government sues nearly two dozen coal companies owned by or affiliated with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to collect nearly $4 million in unpaid fines for miner-safety violations. (The Roanoke Times)
• Retired coal miners plan to make another plea to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support a plan to fix their failing pension plan. (Herald Leader)
• The city-owned utility in Lakeland, Florida, says it plans to shut down an aging coal-powered generator no later than fall 2024. (The Ledger)

EFFICIENCY:
• An Arkansas county approves an $8 million contract to improve energy efficiency in most county buildings and add a solar array. (Democrat Gazette)
• Tennessee’s largest mansion gets a major energy efficiency retrofit, reducing monthly utility bills by several thousand dollars. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

CLIMATE:
• More than 100 activists, residents and elected officials gather in Hollywood, Florida, for a town hall on climate change and the Green New Deal. (WLRN)
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to hire a chief resilience officer to coordinate the state’s response to climate change. (Florida Politics)
• Pinellas County, Florida, hires its first ever sustainability and resiliency coordinator to coordinate climate change planning. (Tampa Bay Times)

ADVOCACY: Hundreds of advocates gather in New Orleans to highlight black and indigenous voices as the Green New Deal proposal takes shape. (WWNO)

SOLAR: South Carolina solar advocates say lifting a net-metering cap on rooftop solar projects would help lower rates for all customers. (WIS-TV)

OIL & GAS: Mayors from along the North Carolina coast gather today to discuss their worries about offshore oil and gas exploration. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy’s CEO says he’s prepared to take the Atlantic Coast Pipeline fight to the Supreme Court if necessary. (Triangle Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy group supports a Florida utility’s decision to close a coal unit and urges it not to over-invest in gas-fired capacity or nuclear. (Cleanenergy.org)

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