Southeast Energy News

After years of protest, Bayou Bridge Pipeline is complete

PIPELINES: The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is complete and slated to begin transporting oil from Texas to Louisiana next week, developers say. (Times-Picayune)

ALSO: Recent pipeline additions have eased the bottleneck for Permian Basin oil and gas supplies and caused prices to fall. (Houston Chronicle)

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UTILITIES:
• Critics say Duke Energy’s long-range plan in North Carolina still contains too much coal and not enough renewables. (Energy News Network)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority met with community members in Kentucky about its long-term plan for electricity generation. (Bowling Green Daily News)

SOLAR:
• The Energy Department announces $36 million in grants for solar research and development at universities in Texas, North Carolina, and other states. (Solar Industry)
• Tennessee’s biggest health insurance company will start to install 10,000 solar panels on its headquarters next month. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• The Louisiana Supreme Court rules that a lawsuit over a 2015 law that retroactively denied solar panel tax credits to some homeowners is moot. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• Electricity prices in Oklahoma hit at low price of negative $10.54 a megawatt-hour as high winds created a surplus of power. (Bloomberg)
• A plant in Texas that recycles fiberglass from wind turbines and other sources is scaling up its operations. (Plastics Recycling Update)

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina Supreme Court rules that a landfill operator didn’t follow regulations to prevent radioactive nuclear waste from leaking into groundwater. (The State)

COAL:
• A House subcommittee will hear testimony today in support of a bill to spur cleanup and redevelopment of abandoned mine lands. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Seven coal barges have been retrieved from the Ohio River after sinking in late 2018, but two remain. (WHAS11)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs into law a bill that lowers the coal severance tax rate from 5 percent to 3 percent. (Wheeling News-Register)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to remove coal ash from its Memphis power plant, but questions remain about its process. (Commercial Appeal)

OIL & GAS: Hundreds of Texas residents file claims seeking lost wages and other damages from the petrochemical fires. (E&E News, subscription)

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GREEN NEW DEAL: A Kentucky lawmaker invites Green New Deal sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to visit a coal mine. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to overhaul the state’s environmental regulation agency because of its permitting, monitoring, and enforcement activities moves forward. (Roanoke Times)

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