Southeast Energy News

Virginia regulators vote to join RGGI

EMISSIONS: Virginia regulators vote to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, but Republican legislators are trying to block the move. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

ALSO: An Alabama plant is among the first carbon capture projects to begin sucking carbon dioxide out of the air. (Washington Post, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A clean energy group’s report showed Georgia is a regional leader in solar but other states are catching up and could pull ahead. (Associated Press)
• Duke Energy expects to boost its solar capacity by 20% in the Carolinas within the next two years thanks to newly announced projects. (Winston-Salem Journal)

WIND: A Houston developer starts construction of a 160 megawatt wind farm in Andrews County, Texas. (Houston Business Journal)

GRID: A proposal to help Florida utilities pay for installing underground transmission lines heads to the state’s full House and Senate. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

COAL:
• Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York plans to visit Kentucky to talk with coal miners about the nation’s energy transition. (CNN)
• The clock is ticking for at least 2,000 miners who are dying from an epidemic of severe black lung linked to toxic coal dust. (West Virginia Public Radio)

COAL ASH: Two Tennessee environmental groups ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the Clean Water Act applies to coal ash pollution. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Georgia Power dismisses concerns about a nuclear reactor in China built with the same design as its Plant Vogtle project. (E&E News, subscription)

POLICY: West Virginia U.S. Rep. David McKinley says his climate strategy would start with pausing environmental lawsuits and new regulations for a decade while giving researchers unlimited resources to find solutions. (Dominion Post)

COMMENTARY:
• The sustainability director for the University of Texas at Austin says local governments can partner with colleges on clean energy. (San Antonio Express-News)
• An exemption for wood-burning power plants in Virginia’s emission reduction plan is problematic, a policy group writes. (Partnership for Policy Integrity)
• Oklahoma’s former secretary of energy says the state can play a bigger role in “the great energy disruption” underway in the country. (The Oklahoman)

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