Southeast Energy News

Atlantic Coast Pipeline costs rise, completion delayed again

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy says the cost of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has risen above $7 billion and that it won’t be completed until 2021. (Reuters)

ALSO: Mountain Valley Pipeline protests continue despite frigid winter weather; a person who attached themselves to a drill at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site is arrested. (WHSV, Martinsville Bulletin)

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EMISSIONS: Virginia could steer the direction of a regional climate initiative with emissions-reducing transportation projects. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A Kansas energy company will soon break ground on a Cameron County, Texas solar project. (Brownsville Herald)
• A Texas car dealership installs a 1 MW solar canopy to offset its energy use. (CleanTechnica)
• A Chattanooga solar company plans to expand in Texas, Georgia and Australia. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Florida Power & Light put nearly 300 MW of solar online last week, the beginning of its ambitious plans to install about 11 GW of capacity by 2030. (PV Magazine)
• Southeastern states installed 242 MW of distributed solar in 2018. (PV Magazine)

OVERSIGHT: An industry-backed effort aims to undercut a multi-state commission’s role in setting pollution standards for the Ohio River. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina gets four legitimate offers to buy utility Santee Cooper, at least three of which would pay off the debt from the failed VC Summer nuclear plant. (The State)

OIL & GAS:
• Technical innovation, investment and lots of oil-rich shale have allowed the Permian Basin to thrive during the boom-and-bust cycle of the oil economy. (New York Times)
• FERC approves Sempra Energy’s Port Arthur natural gas liquefaction plant and connector pipelines in Louisiana and Texas. (Port Arthur News)
Chevron and Exxon break fossil fuel production records and beat profit expectations. (CNBC, Houston Chronicle)
• Oklahoma needs more restrictions on oil field waste disposal to stop human-caused earthquakes, a new study suggests. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• Coal mine employment hit a record low in 2018, despite President Trump’s promises to bring back coal. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A West Virginia coal plant plans to add natural gas and renewables to diversify its power sources. (WV News)
• Environmental groups praise and criticize Georgia Power’s plan to retire some of its coal-fired power plants and add 1,000 MW of renewables. (Savannah Morning News)
• Lawmakers renew a bid to fix the United Mine Workers of America pension problem as more coal companies go bankrupt. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: Virginia officials say five years after a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River, the potential long-term effects have been minimal. (News & Record)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he supports offshore drilling but would “fight” to stop it from happening off the state’s coast. (The Telegraph)
• South Carolina activists and government officials say offshore drilling would threaten the state’s economy. (Greenville Business Magazine)

COMMENTARY: The proposed petrochemical storage hub in the Ohio Valley could be built and close after a few years, leaving a mess that no one can afford to clean up, an environmental advocate says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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