Southeast Energy News

Virginia could become East Coast’s offshore wind hub, report says

WIND: Virginia could become a hub for offshore wind on the East Coast because of its port infrastructure, maritime workforce, and geography, says a new report commissioned by the state’s Sierra Club chapter. (Virginia Mercury)

MORE:
• A Texas county is divided over a proposal to lease property from landowners for a wind farm. (KTXS)
• Offshore wind farms could provide a buffer from storm damage for coastal communities in Texas and Louisiana, a study suggests. (Physics World)

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COAL ASH: Another worker dies from cancer linked to coal ash toxins after working to clean up TVA’s Kingston coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

COAL: West Virginia’s office for mine safety attributes the rise in mining injuries to opioid abuse, an older workforce, and risk taking by coal miners. (Beckley Register-Herald)

SOLAR:
• Danville, Virginia officials approve two solar projects to help its utility make up for energy generation needs from expiring power contracts. (Chatham Star-Tribune)
• A solar farm and rural electric cooperative in Arkansas qualify for multimillion-dollar low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
• A Kentucky county prepares to build what will be the largest solar farm in the state, producing up to 86 MW of energy. (WPSD)

STORAGE: The Energy Department’s ARPA-E program grants $28 million in funding for energy storage system research, including $1.5 million to the University of Tennessee. (Greentech Media)

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PIPELINES:
• The Suffolk, Virginia city council grants Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers permission to build and operate within city limits. (WAVY)
• Pipeline opponents in Virginia say Hurricane Florence erosion impacts show the dangers of Mountain Valley Pipeline construction. (WDBJ)

COMMENTARY:
• Hurricane Florence reveals the cost of coal and the need for South Carolina to secure coal ash pits, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
• Storm damage from Hurricane Florence helps make the case for more renewables in the Carolinas. (Quartz)
• A North Carolina scientist documents the damage the coal industry has caused West Virginia mountains and streams. (Scientific American)

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