Southeast Energy News

West Virginia senator proposes using Cold War-era rule to prop up coal plants

COAL: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin urges the Trump administration to consider a Cold War-era law to save coal and nuclear power plants. (Bloomberg)

MORE: Three new coal mines are scheduled to open in Virginia this year. (WVVA)

NUCLEAR: Dominion Energy says South Carolina’s rate increase bill could be a dealbreaker for its merger with SCANA. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

SOLAR:
• Sunrun plans to lease rooftop solar to Florida homeowners, but only if state regulators agree not to regulate it as a public utility. (Southeast Energy News)
• Residents in two Florida counties join a growing number of people forming solar cooperatives to save money and go renewable. (Apalachicola Times)
• Disney announces a new solar project to help power two of its theme parks in Florida. (WESH)
• Roanoke Electric Cooperative launches a program to serve low- and middle-income customers with its community solar project. (PV Magazine)

WIND: The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville announce their support for a proposed Oklahoma wind project. (Arkansas Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Walmart announces plans to double the amount of renewable energy it uses in U.S. operations. (Solar Industry)
• Atlanta leaders want to power the city with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Experts say it won’t be easy. (Atlanta Magazine)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Eight years after Deepwater Horizon, the agency that regulates offshore drilling safety still struggles to implement regulations that are now under threat of being rolled back. (NPR)

NATURAL GAS: Appalachian states renew a coalition in hopes they can transform the Appalachian Basin into a global energy hub on par with the Gulf Coast. (U.S. News & World Report)

COAL ASH:
• New disclosures highlight the risk of on-site coal ash storage at power plants, as the Trump administration seeks to reduce enforcement. (ProPublica)
• Construction of a new coal ash landfill disrupts life in a Kentucky community. (WFPL)

PIPELINES: Protesters delay construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in southwest Virginia, but many say it will inevitably be completed. (WVTF)

COMMENTARY:
• Ratepayers are bankrolling SCANA’s dividends as the utility attempts to fund its failed nuclear project. (The State)
• The growth of electric vehicle adoption reduces demand for offshore oil and gas drilling. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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