Southeast Energy News

Virginia governor calls for carbon-free electricity by 2050

EMISSIONS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlines renewable energy goals and issues an executive order calling on state agencies and public institutions to use only carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Daily Progress)

ALSO: The same day, Duke Energy announces a plan to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 with renewables, carbon capture, and natural gas. (WRAL)

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POWER PLANTS: Residents demand testing of unidentified particulate matter that is falling from the skies around the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-fired plant in Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel) 

OIL & GAS:
• Texas produced 8.5 billion barrels of wastewater in 2017 from fracking and oil operations, according to a report, and Texas and New Mexico lawmakers are looking for ways to mitigate waste. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• A pipeline carrying natural gas from East Texas to Mexico begins operations. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• The miners’ protest in Eastern Kentucky over unpaid wages from bankrupt coal company Blackjewel continues into its eighth week. (The Guardian)
• A coal mine electrician dies in an accident in a West Virginia mine. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Kentucky Utilities holds a meeting about coal ash rules and its disposal plan. (Advocate-Messenger)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy will reduce rates for Florida customers and bring two solar plants online. (Ocala Star Banner)

SOLAR:
• U.S. solar installations are down, but residential solar capacity grows in Texas and across the nation. (Houston Chronicle)
• Solar farms in South Carolina withstood strong rainfall and wind from Hurricane Dorian, developers say. (WOLO)
• A Little Rock, Arkansas, church installs electric vehicle charging stations, saying it’s the first church in the state to do so. (Arkansas Business)
• A Florida judge rules that a county’s ordinance allowing solar farms in agricultural districts does not violate a land-use plan. (Tampa Bay Times)

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