Southeast Energy News

Why did Texas miss out on a nationwide drop in electricity prices?

COAL ASH: Duke Energy and its opponents end a years-long legal fight over coal ash, with the utility agreeing to dig up nearly 80 million tons of ash and move it to lined storage. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Wholesale electricity prices last year fell nationwide except in Texas, where prices soared largely due to record demand during heat waves; grid managers say this year will be better with more gas and renewables online. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL:
Attorneys for bankrupt coal company Blackjewel ask a federal judge to let them examine the finances of its former CEO, alleging he took millions of dollars for personal gain. (Associated Press)
The U.S. Department of Energy awards the University of Kentucky a grant to research how to turn coal tar pitch into carbon fiber. (WYMT)

PIPELINES: As Kinder Morgan prepares to build the Permian Highway Pipeline through Texas Hill Country, communities and landowners plan actions to oppose it. (Environmental Health News)

RENEWABLES: Environmental activists in southwest Virginia will travel to Richmond to lobby for more renewable energy development in the state. (Kingsport Times News)

ECONOMY: The Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid concerns about trade and possible downturns in energy and manufacturing, according to economists. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COMMENTARY:
The Kentucky Coal Association president says the group does not condone companies that fail to pay miners wages they’re owed. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
If North Carolina wants a thriving beer scene, the state needs more clean energy to entice companies, writes a Sierra Nevada executive. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

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