Southeast Energy News

Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit case could head to Supreme Court

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court would not reconsider a ruling that tossed a permit allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A Texas company that owns most of Puerto Rico’s residential solar market is slowing the path to renewable energy there, an agency report says. (USA Today, Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico)
• Spotsylvania County, Virginia residents voice concerns about a large solar project proposed in their area. (WTOP)
• Eleven counties in the middle of Georgia work together to ramp up solar energy. (GPB)
• Three new solar projects are now operational in Texas. (Solar Power World)

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WIND: Wind energy executives and supporters gather at the Oklahoma state capitol to promote wind energy in the state. (KSWO)

EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina electric cooperative makes energy efficiency programs more affordable for customers. (Ensia)

COAL: Kentucky Power cancels a portion of a coal sales contract with a Switzerland company because another utility needs the coal next year. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• The West Virginia House adopts an amendment that reduces the severance tax on steam coal from 5 percent to 3 percent over two years. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A natural gas plant receives its final permits to build in West Virginia. (WTRF)
• The next bottleneck for the Permian Basin is likely to be a lack of dock space to export oil and gas from the Gulf Coast. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Federal regulators are slow to take action on grid resilience as coal and nuclear plants retire. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
• A bill headed to the House floor in Tennessee would allow a Nashville utility to more easily discontinue customers’ service. (Associated Press)
• North Carolina regulators grill Duke Energy executives about how long it’s taking them to introduce smart meters and help customers save money. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• As redemption for the scandals affecting his administration, Gov. Ralph Northam should intervene to stop major pipelines from going through the state, an activist says. (Roanoke Times)
• An editorial board asks: should Florida give ratepayers more options for solar power by deregulating utilities? (Times-Union)
Energy affordability is a problem in Appalachia and the South, and policymakers need to address it, an analyst says. (Union of Concerned Scientists)  
• Solar power and energy choice are inherently conservative and Republicans should support them, a conservative solar advocate says. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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