Southeast Energy News

Citizen scientists try to hold pipeline builders accountable for damage

PIPELINES: A volunteer-driven group works to hold Mountain Valley Pipeline developers accountable for damage to water and forests. (Energy News Network)

MORE:
• Federal regulators give Dominion Energy permission to proceed with Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in North Carolina. (WV News)
• A Virginia state senator asks Gov. Ralph Northam to halt construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Register-Herald)
• Oil pipeline constraints out of Texas’ Permian Basin could continue through early 2020, according to a Wells Fargo analysis. (San Antonio Express-News)

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OIL AND GAS: Environmental groups say a lack of penalties for three Oklahoma oil and gas companies for Clean Air Act violations under former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt raises questions about special treatment. (ThinkProgress)

SOLAR:
• Solar is about to hit a net metering cap in South Carolina, putting as many as 3,000 solar jobs at risk. (InsideClimate News)
• Power companies outspent the solar industry nearly $3- to- $1 while lobbying to stop rooftop solar expansion efforts during the South Carolina legislative session. (The State)
• A Virginia solar farm proposal moves forward, and two North Carolina projects are scheduled for completion in September. (News & Advance, Solar Power World)
• Duke Energy’s solar project connections in North Carolina dropped from 91 in 2015 to 31 last year. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

NUCLEAR:
• Tennessee Valley Authority in Alabama boosts output of its oldest nuclear power plant, adding enough generation to power to about 90,000 homes. (Times Free Press)
• Radioactive uranium leaks through the floor of a South Carolina nuclear fuel plant, raising concerns about groundwater contamination. (The State)

RENEWABLES:
• Dominion Energy files plans in Virginia to have 3,000 MW of new solar and wind under development or in operation by 2022. (Solar Power World)
• A large Texas home pays much less for utility bills because of solar, geothermal, and energy efficient products. (Dallas Morning News)

COAL ASH: Tennessee environmental groups worry the Trump administration’s rollback of coal ash rules will hinder already slow efforts to store it properly. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: There’s bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling among South Carolina lawmakers and candidates, but little legislation to show for it. (WYFF)

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EMISSIONS: Virginia residents and representatives protest the Trump administration’s proposed rollbacks of auto emissions standards. (Southside Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• After midday demand records and high electricity prices this summer, the Texas power grid could use solar energy, a solar developer says. (PV Magazine)
• An editorial board says teachers and parents should be wary of school curriculums influenced by the oil and gas industry that ignore climate change and renewable energy. (Houston Chronicle)
• The CEO of Sunrun says solar power, which reduces costs and can be used during extreme weather like hurricanes, is the future of energy in Florida. (Sun Sentinel)

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