Southeast Energy News

Barry halts offshore oil production, knocks out power

BARRY: Tropical Storm Barry had cut U.S. offshore oil production by 73% and left tens of thousands without electricity. (Reuters, S&P, WLFY, WAAY)

SOLAR:
• Kentucky solar installers are seeing a mini-boom from customers trying to install systems before a state law lowers net metering rates. (Messenger Inquirer)
Solar-powered trash cans installed last spring at Ole Miss are helping the university’s staff spend less time collecting trash. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• A group of clinics in Central Appalachia specializing in black lung disease expands to meet demand from a surge in cases. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Virginia will dispatch rapid response teams this week to areas affected by layoffs from bankrupt coal company Blackjewel. (Bristol Herald Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and environmental groups want more details about a Chinese company’s agreements with state and federal officials to build a multi-billion dollar natural gas project in West Virginia. (The Journal)
• A consortium of shale producers will contribute $16.5 million to open new charter schools in West Texas’ Permian Basin. (Reuters)  

UTILITIES:
• North Carolina lawmakers consider legislation to allow regulators to approve multi-year rate plans by utilities. (Daily Energy Insider)
• A canal system for Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant provides good conditions for crocodiles and algal blooms. (E&E News, subscription) 

HYDRO: Dominion Energy will hold open houses this week in Virginia to answer questions about its proposed $2 billion hydroelectric pump storage facility in Tazewell County. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

EFFICIENCY: A West Virginia high school expects to cut more than a quarter of its energy use by installing geothermal and other efficiency upgrades. (Hagerstown Herald-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• A Florida editorial board says state lawmakers have blocked consumers’ access to solar energy for too long. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A local Sierra Club activist says Dominion Energy’s carbon cutting plans aren’t good enough as the utility continues to invest in natural gas. (Virginia Mercury)

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