Southeast Energy News

As Texas shifts to renewables, grid survives another hot summer

SOLAR: Solar emerged as a winner this summer as renewables helped keep the lights on in Texas during an intense heat wave. (Greentech Media)

• A 1,500 acre solar farm being built in Yum Yum, Tennessee, would be the largest ever to be built for Google. (Memphis Business Journal, subscription)
• Two energy companies partner to build five solar projects in Texas and California. (Power Engineering)
• Hot Springs, Arkansas, officials say solar projects installed to power their city operations with clean energy will save them $30 million over 28 years. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

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• Mississippi environmental regulators work to clean up an oil spill that occurred when two storage tanks exploded, killing one man. (WDAM)
• Gubernatorial candidates in Louisiana disagree about lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over climate change. (E&E News, subscription)
• West Virginia’s state natural gas committee hears an update on industry practices for handling road work and transport. (WV News)
• An old oil platform off the coast of Louisiana is transformed into a reef as part of an effort to restore ocean habitat. (KATC)
• The federal government projects a 50% rise in global energy consumption and U.S. natural gas production by 2050. (San Antonio Business Journal)

• The 448-mile Gulf Coast Express Pipeline, which will carry gas from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi, Texas, is expected to be in service today. (San Antonio Express News)
• Critics say laws criminalizing oil and gas and pipeline protests, like in Texas, aim to curb direct action as the climate change. (WAMU) 

• A Kentucky coal company that filed for bankruptcy in June is poised to sell its assets, including mines that employ nearly 700 workers. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Neil Chatterjee, America’s top energy regulator who is from Kentucky, says it is difficult to watch coal country struggle, but that he will continue to make FERC decisions based on facts. (CNN)

WIND: A 158 MW wind farm in Texas, the second phase of a major wind energy project, begins operations. (North American Wind Power)

RENEWABLES: Arlington County, Virginia, officials unanimously adopt a new community energy plan that commits them to carbon neutrality by 2050. (Solar Industry)

COMMENTARY: One of the best ways to help mitigate grid issues during Texas summers is to install solar, a solar advocate says. (San Antonio Express News)

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