Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor backs coal ash cleanup bill

COAL ASH: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he supports legislation that would require Dominion Energy to dig up 27 million cubic yards of coal ash stored in unlined ponds. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COAL:
• A small solar farm on a former coal mine is one of 19 proposals Virginia officials are considering for abandoned mine land reuse. (Energy News Network)
• Residents of two Eastern Kentucky coal towns renew a 2010 petition to ban surface mining, saying it would damage water sources and mar views. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Crews plan to salvage sunken coal barges from the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky next week. (Courier Journal)
Three coal miners died in three separate incidents during an 11-day span in December, raising concerns about coal safety even as employment declines. (WMKY)
• More coal-fired power plants have retired during President Trump’s first two years in office than President Obama saw during his entire first term. (ThinkProgress)

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SOLAR: A public panel in Monongalia County, West Virginia discusses bringing more solar energy to the state. (WDTV)

STORAGE: The largest energy storage project in Texas, a 300 MW system, is now up and running. (Energy Manager Today)

PIPELINES: Pipeline developers and federal regulators saw victories in D.C. appellate court last week. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Oil prices dropped 40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing the rapid growth of Texas energy sector to a halt. (Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg awards St. Petersburg, Florida $2.5 million to boost its efforts to combat climate change. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Florida must invest in more solar as the window to avoid the worst effects of climate change closes, a university student and clean energy activist write. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• The federal mine reclamation plan needs an overhaul so money is spent on appropriate projects, an editorial board says. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

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