Offshore drilling auction to include 78 million acres in Gulf of Mexico

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The U.S. Interior Department announces plans to auction off 78 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico next month for oil and gas drilling. (The Advocate)

MORE: Opposition to offshore drilling cuts across party lines in North Carolina’s coastal cities. (WUNC)

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SOLAR:
• South Carolina solar jobs are at risk as Duke Energy reaches a net metering cap. (Greenville News)
• Texas’ Permian Basin takes advantage of solar potential with the state’s biggest solar plant and plans for the state’s biggest battery.

Federal prosecutor charges coal company with faking dust samples

COAL: A federal prosecutor charges employees of bankrupt coal company Armstrong Energy with fraud for falsifying coal dust monitoring samples in two Kentucky mines. (Ohio Valley Resource)

MORE:
• Coal production was down nationally but up in southern West Virginia in the first quarter of 2018, according to federal data. (Beckley Register-Herald)
• Four mining companies apply for permits in West Virginia. (WVVA)
• A biologist is working to turn Kentucky’s first mountaintop removal coal mine into an Appalachian wildlife center. (Scientific American)

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Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for erosion violations

WIND: North Carolina lawmakers adjourned without extending a statewide wind farm moratorium, set to expire Jan. 1, but advocates say they’re not in the clear yet. (Energy News Network)

MORE: Kilgore, Texas officials oppose a major wind energy and transmission project that would carry power from Oklahoma, saying it would add too much capacity and puts ratepayers at risk. (Kilgore News Herald)

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SOLAR:
• Solar panels installed on thrift shops throughout Virginia help Mennonites raise money for global aid programs. (Energy News Network)
• Two more solar farms are planned in Columbia County, Georgia to power hundreds of homes in the area.

Duke Energy seeks bids for large solar farms in North Carolina

SOLAR: Duke Energy seeks bids for solar farms in North Carolina that can generate 680 megawatts, or enough to power about 100,000 homes. (WFAE)

MORE:
• Five North Carolina schools receive grants to install solar panels that will serve as educational tools and provide enough energy to power a school’s main office. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A Sarasota, Florida solar cooperative selects an installer for a bulk-purchasing program. (Herald-Tribune)
• A Charlottesville, Virginia car dealership generates 93 percent of its power with a 480-panel solar superstructure. (WMRA)
• Oil and gas company MMEX says it will use solar energy to help power an oil refinery in Texas.

North Carolina customers could pay $778 million for coal ash cleanup

COAL ASH: North Carolina ratepayers could pay $778 million of Duke Energy’s $5 billion coal ash cleanup bill. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court rules that construction can continue on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin. (Associated Press)
• Construction resumes on parts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia after a brief halt because of runoff from work sites. (Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia county plans to ask Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to cover public safety costs related to the project. (Roanoke Times)
• An Oklahoma company plans to expand pipelines in Texas and Oklahoma.