Southeast Energy News

A future for energy storage in South Carolina

STORAGE: Duke Energy announces it will build a 5 MW battery storage project to back up power at a South Carolina community center, a jump from the smaller storage projects the utility has completed so far. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• The largest solar farm in South Carolina begins operations today in Orangeburg County. (Count on News 2)
• Georgetown, Texas, sues a solar company for $1 million in damages, alleging it breached portions of its contract. (KVUE)

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WIND: Federal regulators issue two federal permit approvals for Dominion Energy’s 12 MW offshore wind project in Virginia. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: The former director of South Carolina’s utility watchdog agency retired after criticism for rate hikes related to failed nuclear plants but is still working for the department as a consultant. (The State)

PIPELINES:
• A Houston pipeline company moves forward with plans to expand a pipeline that would transport ethane from Appalachia to its processing plants and storage terminals in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)
• South Carolina regulators fine Dominion Energy $4,200 for letting sediment run off a pipeline project and into drinking water sources. (The State)

OIL & GAS:
• The shale boom in Texas may have peaked and is starting to turn downward, according to experts and analysts. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Texas tech startup that connects oil companies with contract workers raises $300 million. (Houston Chronicle)
• The commission that regulates Texas’ oil and gas industry gets a new website and online tools to address complaints about its lack of transparency. (Houston Chronicle)
• Louisiana coastal parishes are suing the oil and gas industry to fund restoration of disappearing wetlands, but the future of the southern part of the state is uncertain. (E&E News, subscription) 

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COAL: Two former miners sue a coal company in West Virginia over their diagnoses of lung disease, alleging the company did not properly protect them. (West Virginia Record) 

COMMENTARY:
• New Orleans’ grid is especially vulnerable and requires creative solutions to make it resilient, a clean energy expert writes. (Utility Dive)
• Texas will benefit economically from investing in safe pipelines, writes a former state representative. (Corridor Media)

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