Southeast Energy News

At regional energy summit, Southeast officials tout fossil fuels

FOSSIL FUELS: As world leaders gather at the United Nations to discuss the climate crisis, state energy officials from across the South meet in Kentucky to talk about relaxing regulations for fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon if it will review a decision by a lower court that the Forest Service did not have the power to authorize the Atlantic Coast pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL & GAS: Texas oil and gas activity declined in the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• A judge rules that coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family must pay $35 million in a lawsuit over a coal mining contract. (Huntington Herald Dispatch)
• An audit alleges that West Virginia environmental regulators have been skirting a law that makes sure coal mine reclamation bonds are on solid financial ground. (WCHS)
• West Virginia Department of Revenue officials prepare lawmakers for a downturn in coal and natural severance money after a slight uptick this month. (Wheeling Intelligencer) 

POWER PLANTS: A Sierra Club report says pollution controls at Duke Energy’s Allen Steam Station in North Carolina are removing less pollution than they did in 2009. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia nonprofit completes seven net-zero, affordable homes powered by solar. (WRIC)
• Chesterfield County, Virginia, officials unanimously vote to move forward with a solar project, despite opposition from residents. (Chesterfield Observer)
• Local installers in Virginia explain the process of installing rooftop solar for residents. (Chesterfield Observer)

OVERSIGHT: Coal executive Bob Murray is supposed to give an address next month at a Kentucky event sponsored by FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s carbon-free energy plan is good, but not as ambitious as it could be, an editorial board says. (Roanoke Times)
• Florida’s decision to establish energy efficiency goals for the state’s biggest utilities is a chance to improve efficiency for customers, an energy advocacy group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Louisiana should continue oil and gas exploration off the coast in an efficient and reliable way, an editorial board says. (The Advocate)

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