Southeast Energy News

West Virginia regulators reject utility’s plan to buy wind farms

WIND: West Virginia regulators deny Appalachian Power’s plan to buy two wind farms in West Virginia and Ohio, saying the proposal is not in the public interest. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL: While black lung disease rates surge, federal funds for treatment are at risk of insolvency due to reduced contributions from coal companies, according to a federal watchdog’s upcoming report. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Entergy Louisiana will purchase solar power from a proposed 50-megawatt array near Baton Rouge. (The Advocate)
• Ten Arkansas students prepare to travel 1,500 miles in a solar-powered car they built. (KUAR)

GRID: Appalachian Power plans to build a 138-kilovolt substation to improve reliability near an industrial park. (Roanoke Times)

PIPELINES:
• Federal energy regulators don’t have a consistent process for tracking public comments on proposed pipeline projects and should increase transparency, according to a federal watchdog report. (Utility Dive)
• Two people are arrested along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route in Virginia. (WDBJ)
• A Virginia landowner speaks out about the damage to his property from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction. (WSLS)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson urges the Interior Department to answer questions about the future of offshore drilling in the state. (The Hill)

POLITICS: Organizations and companies including Kentucky utilities, electric cooperatives, and the Kentucky Coal Association spent more than $10 million lobbying state lawmakers this year. (Lexington Herald Leader)

COMMENTARY: A Duke professor says major issues like groundwater contamination would likely occur if the EPA rolls back coal ash rules. (Power Magazine)

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