Southeast Energy News

Are Texas regulators expecting too much from renewables?

GRID: Texas’ biggest electricity seller says the state’s grid manager is overstating generating capacity of renewables and that electricity supplies will be much tighter than expected. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO: Texas energy prices are expected to fall 28% this year because of lower temperatures, according to the Energy Department. (Houston Chronicle)

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TRANSPORTATION: Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts discusses her reporting on the disagreement in North Carolina over who should control Volkswagen settlement money. (WUNC)

COAL:
• The new owner of two Eastern Kentucky coal mines previously owned by bankrupt Blackjewel says it will try to re-hire employees who were laid off and pay their backwages. (WBIR)
• The Labor Department’s move to back miners relies on a rarely used, controversial tool called “hot goods,” which seeks to freeze the movement of goods produced by workers shorted on pay. (Bloomberg)
• A Kentucky coal miner describes why he decided to help start the protest against Blackjewel after being laid off and his pay withheld. (NPR)
• A Virginia college and local foundation offer to help families affected by mine closures with tuition and other expenses. (Coalfield Progress) 

COAL ASH: Environmental groups say Georgia regulators are not doing enough to clean up coal ash and residents will have less say in matters if oversight is given to the state. (Cobb County Courier)

PIPELINES:
• Two pipeline developers in Texas offer discounted prices to attract shippers to move oil to export hubs. (Reuters)
• A commission overseeing land condemnation issues orders Kinder Morgan to pay a Texas landowner nearly $250,000 in property damages. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. natural gas production is at an all-time high and expected to rise as coal plants shut down, but gas prices keep dropping. (Reuters)
• Duke Energy begins final tests on its new natural gas plant in Asheville, North Carolina. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Texas regulators issue $864,689 in fines for 270 oil and gas safety violations. (World Oil)

RENEWABLES:
• Advanced energy jobs in renewables and natural gas are clustered in major metro areas in eastern Virginia, according to a report from an energy group. (Virginia Mercury)
• Satellite Beach, Florida, passes a resolution to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. (Solar Industry)

SOLAR:
• JPMorgan Chase plans to chop down 150 trees in Florida to build over a dozen solar panel canopies. (Orlando Sentinel)
• Customers around the U.S., including in Texas and Florida, reserved Tesla’s Solar Roof, but the rollout is delayed. (Business Insider)
• Entergy New Orleans chooses three projects that total 90 MW of solar energy to add to its portfolio. (Power Engineering)
• A Mississippi Air Force base holds a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 1.5 MW solar project. (Index-Journal)

COMMENTARY: Florida cities are calling on utilities to improve their energy efficiency savings programs, a clean energy group says. (ACEEE)

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