Southeast Energy News

Utilities hedge on Trump’s regulatory rollbacks amid “looming uncertainty”

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority and other utilities hesitate to take advantage of regulatory rollbacks under the Trump administration due to “looming uncertainty” from both legal challenges and a potential Joe Biden presidential election win. (Bloomberg Law)

ALSO:
• Gulf Power seeks to recoup $200 million that it spent to restore power after Hurricane Sally from ratepayers. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Florida utilities resume electricity cutoffs for nonpayment, even as coronavirus cases rise. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

COAL: Environmental groups and regulators worry that weakened discharge rules for coal plants will lead to more pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. (Bay Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Florida city council debates electric cars as part of a discussion about the purchase of four new police vehicles. (The Gabber)
• Government, union and industry leaders react to General Motors’ announcement that it will make an electric SUV at a Tennessee plant. (The Daily Herald)

EFFICIENCY: A West Virginia county will spend $11.2 million to make its schools more energy efficient. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel) 

SOLAR:
• An infrastructure company says it has completed work on a solar farm that will power a compressor station for a gas pipeline. (World Pipelines)
• A Florida county approves its first solar farm, a 75 MW project by the Withlacoochee River. (Ocala StarBanner)
• A northern Virginia county commission approves leases for eight government buildings to be fitted with solar panels. (Tysons Reporter)

COAL: A Kentucky community is still waiting for promised jobs to materialize from a proposed tourism center funded by a federal program designed to redevelop former coal mining sites. (Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy begins recycling coal ash at three North Carolina plants, as required by state law. (Salisbury Post, WFAE)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmental groups say a Trump administration report on the effects of the oil and gas industry on endangered species downplays the chances of a large spill. (Associated Press)
• Louisiana lawmakers approve a tax break for the oil and gas industry as it struggles through the pandemic. (The Center Square)

NUCLEAR:
• Georgia Power completes cold testing of a reactor at its Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant expected to begin service late next year. (World Nuclear News)
Plant Vogtle cost overruns are once again an issue in an election for two seats on the Georgia Public Service Commission. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COMMENTARY:
• A University of Virginia professor says the state’s plan to produce net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 is “achievable and affordable.” (UVA Today)
• Virginia has lagged the rest of the country in developing renewable energy, says a clean energy group, but is beginning to catch up due to legislation passed by a new Democratic majority. (Blue Virginia)

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