Southeast Energy News

Carolina utilities, customers brace for Hurricane Florence

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Duke Energy’s coal ash waste facilities in North Carolina are among the toxic sites at risk for flooding. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Hurricane Florence could make gasoline more expensive along the East Coast as drivers fuel up ahead of the storm. (Bloomberg)
• Duke Energy warns customers in the Carolinas that damage and power outages could be worse than 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. (News & Observer)
South Carolina utilities prep for major outages, calling in backup crews from surrounding states to help with anticipated cleanup. (The State)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Texas mines that produce sand used in the fracking process compete against Midwestern ones as demand for sand grows. (Houston Public Media)
• Oklahoma’s Democratic candidate for governor calls for an end to oil production tax incentives, but many lawmakers say that policy is a long shot. (Journal Record)

PIPELINES: The Bayou Bridge Pipeline’s developer agrees to temporarily halt the project on one piece of Louisiana land during a legal dispute. (Associated Press)

MICROGRIDS: Residents of Outer Banks, North Carolina, are using microgrids to power homes and businesses. (WUNC)

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RENEWABLES:
• Tennessee Valley Authority executives say the utility’s success will be flexibility in its portfolio as more people generate electricity from rooftop solar and wind. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Renewable industry leaders discuss the potential for solar and wind and the need for transmission facilities at a Texas renewable energy summit. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY: Texas lags California in economic growth because it still depends on oil and gas and hasn’t set ambitious climate pledges, a clean energy industry researcher argues. (Forbes)

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