Southeast Energy News

As MVP halts work, Appalachian pipelines face major setbacks

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspend work on parts of the project three days after environmental groups filed a lawsuit about its impact on endangered species. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO:
• Two major pipeline projects in the South and Appalachia hit stumbling blocks because of safety concerns and legal challenges. (ThinkProgress)
• Two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters lock themselves to equipment at a worksite in Virginia. (WSLS)

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GRID:
• Texas’ grid operator declares a power emergency for the second time this week. (E&E News, subscription)
• Energy demand could rise up to 58% in the next 30 years due to climate change, and Texas’ grid isn’t ready, according to a study. (Texas Observer)
• All but six states took grid modernization actions in the second quarter of the year, according to a study by North Carolina researchers. (Solar Industry)

EMISSIONS: A Trump administration plan to replace Obama-era methane standards would leave only a patchwork of state regulations and voluntary goals. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light’s community solar program is part of a new “fixed discount” business model to help customers save money. (Utility Dive)
• An analyst group ranks Babcock Ranch, which bills itself as the nation’s first solar-powered community, as the region’s top master-planned community. (Business Observer)
• A study by Duke Energy concludes that ramping power plants up and down to accommodate solar output leads to more nitrous oxide emissions than if natural gas was used instead. (PV Magazine)
• Edmond, Oklahoma, considers allowing solar panels on homes, but some say its incentives for buying back electricity are low. (News 9)
• A Virginia county creates a subcommittee to consider how to include utility-scale solar in its comprehensive plan. (News Virginian)

WIND:
• An East Texas man invents wind power technology designed to harvest wind energy. (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
• Austin, Texas, officials approve an agreement by a local utility to get 200 MW of wind power. (Alice Echo)

OIL & GAS:
• Companies propose eight offshore export terminals in a race to ship oil to foreign markets. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas and Oklahoma want federal permission to regulate fracking wastewater under state programs. (Bloomberg)
• A gas leak occurred in a Kentucky county just before a pipeline explosion last month. (WHAS 11)
• A pipeline company begins shipping crude oil on its 400,000 barrel per day pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast. (Reuters)
• A second oil terminal is proposed on Harbor Island in Port Aransas, Texas. (KRIS TV)
• Changes in technology have affected Oklahoma’s oil industry production and employment, data shows. (Oklahoman)

COAL: Kentucky lawmakers propose a bill that could close a loophole allowing coal miners to go without pay by requiring companies to prove that a performance bond was paid. (WKYT)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority moves forward with plans to expand the boundaries of a coal ash landfill at a Tennessee plant. (Power Engineering)

COMMENTARY:
• Removing tariff barriers would help Texas’ economy, especially its oil and gas industry, an editorial board says. (Dallas Morning News)
• Expanding nuclear power is necessary to fight climate change, an editorial board argues. (Decatur Daily)

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