Southeast Energy News

Virginia approves three key permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

PIPELINES: Virginia regulators approve three environmental permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, allowing  construction to begin in the state. (Washington Post)

• Anti-pipeline protesters rallied Sunday outside the Virginia Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity and elsewhere in the state. (News Leader, WHSV)
• Anti-pipeline and property rights activists find common ground through opposing the use of eminent domain by developers. (Greentech Media)  

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• An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of becoming the one of the worst in U.S. history. (Washington Post)
• U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma offers a pep talk to the state’s oil and gas industry, telling leaders their bad reputation is undeserved. (The Oklahoman)

• Plans to complete Alabama’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant could fall through if a Memphis utility doesn’t agree to buy the power, an executive warns. (
• The next challenge for Georgia’s Plant Vogtle nuclear project: hiring workers. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Hundreds watch as Duke Energy implodes a former coal-fired power plant in Salisbury, North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)

SOLAR: An Arkansas restaurant switches to 100 percent solar energy. (KNWA)

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RENEWABLES: Gainesville, Florida, officials unanimously pass a resolution to power the city with 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. (The Alligator)

• Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is leading the state down a dead end on energy by ignoring renewable energy, a columnist says. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Virginia is at risk of falling further behind in the race to become the U.S. offshore wind hub, says the Sierra Club’s offshore wind program director. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Coal isn’t a commodity — it’s a core value to Appalachian communities, an energy columnist writes. (Forbes)
• A half-built Alabama nuclear plant could lower energy costs for Memphis, argues an executive of the company seeking to sell the power, while a clean energy advocate says the “zombie” plant is a bad deal for customers. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

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