Southeast Energy News

Virginia lawmakers hold first meeting over Dominion’s coal ash

COAL ASH: Virginia lawmakers hold their first meeting about what to do with Dominion Energy’s coal ash ponds across the state. Some want to cap it and leave it, and others want to dig it up and recycle it. (WVTF)

COAL: Officials in three Eastern Kentucky coal towns consider merging their towns because of a declining tax base and other financial problems. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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NUCLEAR: Opponents of the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion file a motion to obtain details about meetings between Georgia Power and state energy regulators. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

SOLAR: A Virginia state senator pushes an amendment that would require solar developers to secure bonds to cover the costs of project failure or environmental issues. (Roanoke Times)

NATURAL GAS:
• Many utilities are deploying battery energy storage, but Dominion Energy’s long-term plan for Virginia and North Carolina instead calls for more gas peaker plants. (Greentech Media)
• Some West Virginia lawmakers say an official partnership with Qatar could lead to investments in natural gas and the petrochemical industry. (Huntington Herald Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Federal judges appear sympathetic to West Virginia and Virginia landowners trying to move their eminent domain lawsuit forward in district court, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still hasn’t made a decision. (E&E News)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• While the oil and gas industry pushes the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan in Virginia, most lawmakers, business leaders, and citizens are fighting it. (WAVY)
• A Florida congressional delegation will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s offshore drilling proposal. (WLRN)

UTILITIES: North Little Rock officials approve an increased fixed electricity rate for the city’s utility customers. (Arkansas Online)

COMMENTARY:
• A former South Carolina public service commissioner is weary of net metering law changes and says it’s important to make sure customers who aren’t using rooftop solar aren’t paying more because of those who are. (The State)
• Two University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists say the offshore wind industry is poised to take off along the East Coast. (The Conversation)
• Rooftop solar is becoming increasingly viable in Florida as utilities across the state plan to build solar farms, an editorial board says. (Herald-Tribune)

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