Southeast Energy News

Agreement scales back North Carolina grid plan

GRID: Duke Energy reaches an agreement with environmental groups to improve its North Carolina grid, announcing it will spend $2.5 billion for a three-year pilot program. (Greentech Media)

POLITICS: EPA chief Scott Pruitt had courtside seats to a University of Kentucky basketball game courtesy of a billionaire coal baron who donated millions to President Trump’s campaign. (New York Times)

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SOLAR:
• A 19 MW solar farm in Jackson, South Carolina will be able to produce enough energy to power more than 3,000 homes when completed. (WRDW)
• A U.S. Department of Agriculture program makes it more affordable for Alabama farmers to install solar power on their farms. (Rocket City Now)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative will install a small solar project to power 135 homes. (Arkansas Times)
• A 180 MW solar farm with battery storage potential comes online in West Texas. (Renewables Now)

RENEWABLES: Georgia’s clean energy industry has seen a 2.2 percent rise in jobs since 2016, according to a new report from energy organizations. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

EVs: Texas begins accepting applications for a $2,500 incentive for buying electric and hybrid vehicles. (News 4 San Antonio)

PIPELINES:
• The final two protesters blocking construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline come down from their elevated perches. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia environmental regulators suggest they may waive or change part of a river crossing permit after environmental groups question it. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia environmental regulators extend the public comment period on the Mountain Valley Pipeline since the agency’s website went down. (Roanoke Times)
• Virginia law enforcement worked with an anti-terrorism agency to monitor Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters, according to documents. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OVERSIGHT: Lawyers push to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a drilling company against West Virginia’s environmental department secretary. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OIL AND GAS:
• Drilling for crude oil and natural gas picked up slightly in Texas and Oklahoma while the U.S. rig count stayed relatively flat. (Houston Chronicle)
Rising oil prices offer hope for Louisiana’s drilling industry, but oil producers say they are being cautiously optimistic. (The Advocate)
• The Atlantic hurricane season rattles nerves throughout the oil and gas industry. (Marketwatch)

COMMENTARY:
• SCE&G has done a good job of embracing solar programs and is an integral part of the state’s solar industry, says the director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance. (Post and Courier)
Rising gas prices this summer are good for Texas oil companies but bad for consumers, says the deputy director of the Energy Institute. (Dallas Morning News)

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