Southeast Energy News

Automakers push North Carolina regulators on electric vehicle plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Eight automakers urge North Carolina regulators to “act with urgency” to approve an electric vehicle charging pilot filed by Duke Energy in March. (Charlotte Business Journal)

ALSO: “Georgia is a case study” in how unreasonably high registration fees for electric vehicles can dampen sales. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light launches a community solar initiative that could reach as many as 10,000 low-income ratepayers. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
• Orlando’s municipal utility approves a plan to add 149 MW of solar capacity. (PV Tech)
• A major oil producer will be using solar power to run drilling operations in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)
• An Arkansas county will team up with a rural co-op to develop an 8 MW solar project. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers are touring Egypt with utility lobbyists, and it’s not clear who is paying for the trip. (FITSNews)

COAL: A West Virginia county official says he does not expect a “devastating” impact from recently announced mine closures: “the coal is not the real problem, the drug problem is our biggest problem.” (WV Metro News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A $98 million clean energy research center at Clemson University has failed to inspire South Carolina policymakers. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
• A Duke University scientist urges North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to place a “permanent moratorium” on new natural gas infrastructure to address climate change. (Raleigh News & Observer)
• A developer will pay a $2.7 million settlement to a Texas town for “undue” financial burdens from a pipeline connecting the Permian Basin with Gulf Coast export terminals. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

OIL & GAS: The USGS increases its estimate of how much recoverable natural gas is available in the Appalachian basin. (World Oil)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at West Virginia University are trying to find ways to extract rare earth elements from coal ash. (Daily Mail WV)

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ANALYSIS: An E&E News reporter identifies five key energy issues currently facing the Southeast. 

COMMENTARY:
• A researcher says the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is part of a long history in Virginia of seizing private land for financial gain. (Washington Post)
• A Virginia advocate says Maryland and Delaware provide examples of how states can lead on energy efficiency policy. (Virginia Mercury)
• The CEO of a Memphis-based food company says the Tennessee Valley Authority could cut energy costs for customers by joining Midwest grid operator MISO. (Tennessean)

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