Southeast Energy News

Bills in multiple states target pipeline protesters

PIPELINES: In at least 31 states, including Oklahoma and Louisiana, lawmakers have introduced bills and orders that try to restrict pipeline protests. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico are expected to rise soon as four major pipelines begin operations by the end of the year. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
Duke Energy plans to build a 75 MW solar farm in Florida as part of its plan to add more solar to the state’s grid. (West Volusia Beacon)
Georgia Power plans to lease land along I-85 from the state Department of Transportation for a small pilot solar project. (WALB)
A Virginia community studies views from historic battlefields to help them decide on solar farm projects. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)
A UK-based solar company says it will build a solar-plus-storage project in San Antonio, Texas. (Renewables Now)

COAL: The Trump administration’s new rules that weaken regulations on coal-fired power plants will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities in places like West Virginia. (Vice)

OIL AND GAS:
Texas’ largest port exported more crude oil than it imported for the first time ever, according to the Energy Department. (CNN Money)
Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry sues Kingfisher County over its attempt to set rules on temporary pipelines lying on private property. (Journal Record)

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UTILITIES:
A former Tennessee governor proposes legislation to allow Tennessee Valley Authority to be an internet service provider for rural residents. (Nashville Public Radio)
North Carolina regulators approve new fuel and renewable energy charges that will raise Duke Energy customer rates. (Triangle Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
West Virginia needs to invest in creating renewable energy jobs to replace those from the natural gas and coal industries, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
An editorial board says the Trump administration’s plan to loosen regulations on coal-fired power plants, which will harm and kill more Americans, is not a fulfillment of the promise he made to Kentucky supporters.(Lexington Herald Leader)

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