Southeast Energy News

Virginia coal ash cleanup bills head to governor’s desk

COAL: Tennessee Valley Authority issues a draft operating plan that calls for a shift from coal to natural gas and distributed generation as the electricity sector evolves in the Southeast. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
• Two bills requiring Dominion Energy to clean up 28 million tons of coal ash at four sites head to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for approval. (Roanoke Star)
• Some North Carolina residents who use well water near Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities can have their water tested for free. (WCNC)

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WIND: Two controversial wind energy bills are introduced in Oklahoma: one that would end tax credits for some facilities, and another that would create a new tax on wind projects. (KOCO)

RENEWABLES: Fifteen organizations call for North Carolina to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by ending monopoly control by Duke Energy. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR: A Texas landowner helps develop two solar projects in two years that total 1 GW of energy production. (PV Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: American Electric Power says it will build a new regional transmission center in Eastern Kentucky. (Kentucky Today)   

PIPELINES: A hearing that could impact plans for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is delayed until May. (WV News)

OIL & GAS:
• The death of an Oklahoma oil worker raises concerns that companies are still missing signs that vapors could poison workers. (E&E News, subscription)
• An appeals court will not revisit a dispute between an Oklahoma pipeline company and Native American landowners. (E&E News, subscription)
• Oil and gas companies in the Permian Basin released 37 million pounds of pollution into the air in 2017 without authorization, according to an environmental policy center’s report. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

UTILITIES:
• Georgia Power faces a class-action lawsuit, covering nearly all of its 2.5 million customers, claiming the utility overcharged them for more than a decade. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Dominion Energy explains to South Carolina utility SCE&G customers via ads that they aren’t getting the $1,000 rebate checks promised to them. (WRDW)
• Memphis Light, Gas & Water could save $240 million to $333 million each year by switching from TVA, an environmental group’s report says. (Memphis Flyer)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia’s economic future depends on met coal, an editorial board says. (Herald-Dispatch)

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