Southeast Energy News

Utilities want states’ approval to buy Oklahoma wind projects

• American Electric Power utilities seek regulatory approval in four Southeast states to buy 1,485 MW of wind projects in Oklahoma. (Greentech Media)
• Xcel Energy completes a 478 MW wind project in Texas. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) 

NUCLEAR: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urges the Supreme Court to reopen a closed nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina and change federal rules tied to plutonium processing and storage. (Post and Courier)

• Declining coal tax revenues put Appalachian coal counties at risk of financial collapse, and climate policies would accelerate that decline but provide new revenue, according to new research. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Georgia regulators will decide today on Georgia Power’s long-term plan, which calls for the closing of a coal plant. (Marietta Daily Journal)
• An environmental group acquires a large piece of land in Virginia for conservation, but companies still hold the coal and oil mineral rights. (Virginia Mercury)
• A Kentucky priest pays the electric bills of about 200 out-of-work coal miners. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority will meet with officials from three Tennessee counties that are suing the utility and a contractor over coal ash cleanup. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES: A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester in Virginia is charged with assaulting a pipeline worker while another is arrested for misdemeanor obstruction. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: A new facility in West Virginia that will use natural gas to convert coal into gasoline and other fuels is expected to break ground in the fall. (WV News)

BARRY: Oil companies restart some production after Hurricane Barry made landfall. (CNBC)

COMMENTARY: Concerns about the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s erosion problems were well-founded, an environmental hydrologist writes. (Virginia Mercury)

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