Southeast Energy News

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RENEWABLES: Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to deregulate Florida’s electricity market hope it will lower prices and boost renewables similar to what’s happened in Texas since 2002. (Sun Sentinel)

ALSO: The headquarters of a Little Rock, Arkansas, renewable energy company becomes LEED certified. (KATV)

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SOLAR: An Arkansas water utility partners with a renewable energy company to install a solar project to power its operations. (Talk Business & Politics) 

PIPELINES: Landowners near an Appalachian natural gas pipeline project ask a federal court of appeals to reconsider FERC’s role in analyzing greenhouse gas emission impacts. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• A federal judge approves a second loan for Blackjewel coal company, which filed bankruptcy this month, but it will not go towards back pay for Appalachian employees. (WVPB)
• Dozens of Appalachian coal miners will visit Capitol Hill this week to ask lawmakers to bolster funding for the black lung disability trust fund, which they depend upon for healthcare. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: States’ lawsuit against Duke Energy over a 2014 coal ash spill is a final step in the company’s settlement and restoration plan. (Greensboro News & Record)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin says he is dubious about China’s proposed energy investment deal with the state. (Herald-Dispatch)
The future of gas flaring in Texas is in the hands of state energy regulators. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Controversy grows over a judge’s decision to try a Louisiana parish’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies in state court rather than federal. (Louisiana Record)
• Clean energy groups will protest a Florida utility’s plan to transition a coal-fired power plant to natural gas. (WMNF)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Some Florida lawmakers raise concerns about the Interior Department’s planned lease sale for oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico. (WFLA)

COMMENTARY:
• The Green New Deal would help the economies of communities from Louisville to eastern Kentucky, a state representative writes. (Courier Journal)
• North Carolina’s coal ash facilities could be engineered better to keep them in place, an engineer writes. (News & Observer)
• Republicans are starting to support more solar power in Georgia, a columnist writes. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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