Southeast Energy News

Utilities say Southeast states shortchanged on federal energy assistance

OVERSIGHT: The North Carolina Senate sidelines a bill that would have increased a target for energy savings in state government buildings. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Utilities say Mississippi and other Southern states are being shortchanged on federal funding for energy assistance for low-income homes. (Mississippi Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: North Carolina utility regulators say that Duke Energy’s $76 million program to study electric vehicles is unnecessary, despite support for the program from environmental groups. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
• High electricity costs in Georgia are keeping low-income homeowners from adopting solar power. (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
• A San Antonio, Texas, utility proposes buying more solar and natural gas. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• North Carolina solar developer Cypress Creeks Renewables will expand to markets in Texas and other states. (Greentech Media)
• Virginia’s forestry department gets solar panels on its headquarters as part of a program to provide clean energy for state buildings. (Associated Press) 

STORAGE: North Carolina regulators hear testimony on how energy storage could save customers money, but utilities are holding back growth. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: The Energy Department plans to extend the lives of existing nuclear reactors and support new technology to revive the nuclear industry. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS: A short documentary follows West Virginia landowners fighting the natural gas industry over property rights. (CBS, ProPublica)

COAL:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority will host two open houses next week to discuss the future of the Bull Run power plant in Tennessee. (Oak Ridge Today)
• A Kentucky community program is raising money to help miners who lost their jobs at Blackjewel coal company, which filed for bankruptcy this month. (WVVA)
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam waives a waiting period for unemployment benefits for miners affected by a recent coal company bankruptcy and speeds up a job training placement program. (Coalfield Progress)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups raise concerns about groundwater contamination from a coal ash pond in Alabama. (WKRG)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators ask Mountain Valley Pipeline developers about the safety of a protective coating used to prevent corrosion on the pipe. (Roanoke Times)

COMMENTARY:
• If they’re pushing a renewable energy-based economy, Democratic presidential candidates should accept the miners’ union invite and visit coal communities, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)
• South Carolina’s solar energy industry can succeed because of a new law that gives ratepayers more of a choice in utilities and solar developers, a clean energy advocate writes. (Solar Industry)

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