Enviros question TVA’s long-term supply contracts

TOOLS: Three environmental groups are questioning the legality of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s rolling 20-year contracts in a courtroom in Memphis, Tennessee, where the local utility company is considering breaking with the TVA. (Commercial Complaint)

ALSO:
• Georgia regulators are entering the final weeks of examining Georgia Power’s month-long interest rate fall, which could be a prelude to more rate hike requests in 2023. (Georgian recorder)
• Duke Energy signs a deal to use Amazon Web Services to forecast its electricity needs as the utility plans to strengthen its grid and transition to zero-carbon energy. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

SOLAR:
• School officials in Alabama are considering how to spend more than $43 million in new tax revenue expected to be generated by a proposed solar panel module manufacturing facility. (Decatur daily)
• Tennessee joins seven other states in asking five companies to suspend payments and interest for customers who have financed a Pink Energy solar power system but have not yet received a working system. (WKRN)
• Florida Power & Light is planning a fourth 75 MW solar farm in a Florida county. (NorthEscambia.com)
• Duke Energy acquires a 100 MW solar farm in Mississippi. (press release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tennessee officials are touting the construction of a network of fast chargers as an integral part of the state’s emergence as a powerhouse for electric vehicle manufacturing. (Free Press of the Chattanooga Times)

WIND: Campbell Soup signs a power purchase agreement to purchase renewable energy from a 115 MW wind farm in Oklahoma. (press release)

MONEY: Dominion Energy claims a mostly coal-fired power plant in southwest Virginia remains economically viable, but critics say Dominion’s report doesn’t justify the claimed benefits. (Virginia Mercury)

OIL PETROL:
• Texas regulators are investigating a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that is being blamed in part on increased sanitation as fracking in the Permian Basin increases. (Texas Public Radio)
• West Virginia airport officials are considering a gas company’s proposal to build a natural gas-powered microgrid on the airport campus. (WV News)

GEOTHERMAL: Louisville, Kentucky Airport is preparing to operate a geothermal energy system that will reduce its carbon footprint by 80%. (WDRB)

NUCLEAR: Experts say a small modular nuclear reactor could be built in southwest Virginia, but it would take about a decade and be subject to regulatory approvals. (Cardinal News)

NETWORK: Duke Energy is building a new $30 million substation for grid upgrades in North Carolina. (WFAE)

AT SIGHT: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin appoints a Northern Virginia attorney to a state solar and battery storage agency. (sun leaf)

POLITICS: Experts say US Joe Manchin’s permit reform bill is unlikely to pass in the Lame Duck session of Congress given a tight schedule and the legislation’s forced completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is still a sticking point. (State Newsroom)

COMMENT:
• North Carolina regulators should reject Duke Energy’s proposed solar tariff that would reduce payments for electricity generated from customer-owned rooftops, writes a retired engineering professor. (Asheville Citizen Times)
• US Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s advocacy of “gas guzzlers” and the elimination of electric vehicles shows ignorance of Georgia’s standing as a burgeoning electric vehicle manufacturing hub, writes one columnist. (Savannah Morning News)
• Ford’s engagement with the Tennessee communities around its proposed BlueOval City electric vehicle and battery factories is setting a standard that other EV companies like Tesla could emulate, writes an EV journalist. (CleanTechnica)

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