Southeast Energy News

Can Florida’s 100% renewable energy bill pass this time around?

RENEWABLES: Florida Democrats file a bill that would move Florida toward 100% renewable energy by 2050 and say a “shift in tone” by Republicans on the issue is a good sign for its success. (WFSU)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Clashes between unions, politicians, and Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant are a sign of what’s to come as electric vehicle manufacturing changes the auto industry. (E&E News)

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SOLAR:
• North Carolina remains second in the nation for the amount of solar on its grid, but Florida is moving up the rankings, according to a solar industry report. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• A university library in West Virginia gets one of the largest solar installations in the state that will generate 67,000-kilowatt hours of power a year. (WVPB)
• Officials hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for a solar project that will power parking garages at a West Virginia airport. (WOWK)
• Hot Springs, Arkansas, is building a solar farm that will power city government operations and be the largest municipal solar project in the state. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Tennessee Valley Authority seeks public comment on an environmental assessment for a solar project in Tennessee. (Power Engineering)
• After years of negotiations, Duke Energy buys a large Texas solar farm. (Go San Angelo)
• Developers are building an $8.75 million solar farm in Marion County, South Carolina, that’s expected to be online in 2020. (SC Now)

COAL:
• West Virginia employees of coal operator Blackjewel receive their final paychecks more than two months after the company declared bankruptcy. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Severance tax revenue estimates from coal and natural gas are down by nearly 50% for July and August, so West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is considering 5% budget cuts. (WOWK)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate developers sue five North Carolina landowners to get access for surveys to test the route. (Times-News)
• Two energy companies plan to pursue a pipeline project to service an LNG plant in south Texas. (Natural Gas Intelligence, subscription) 

OIL & GAS: Louisiana voters will vote on a constitutional amendment this fall that maintains a property tax exemption on supplies for Louisiana oil and gas companies. (News 15)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Critics of offshore oil and gas drilling in Florida say they don’t think government regulations and current infrastructure will protect the oceans from a spill. (News-Press)

POLITICS: Dominion Energy has influenced Virginia’s policymaking on both sides of the aisle for decades, but clean energy groups are pushing a campaign to get candidates to refuse Dominion money. (New Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions isn’t as impressive as they’re trying to make it seem, and relies too much on natural gas, some journalists and analysts say. (PV Magazine)
• There are major opportunity costs in Virginia from the state’s investment in pipelines and natural gas instead of renewable energy, a teacher says. (Roanoke Times)

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