Southeast Energy News

Coal will still decline despite Trump’s regulation rollbacks, experts say

COAL: Despite President Trump’s promises to revive the industry by weakening emissions regulations, experts say coal’s decline is imminent. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Virginia has been added to a new online tool that helps states coordinate the buildout of fast-charging stations on highways throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
A Lebanon, Tennessee auto business goes solar to offset most of its energy us. (Lebanon Democrat)
Dougherty County, Georgia commissioners postpone a vote on a new solar energy facility until they hear more information. (WFXL)
An Austin, Texas beer distribution company plans to install a 481 kW rooftop solar project. (Solar Industry)

PIPELINES:
An advisory council to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam recommends he rescind Clean Water Act certifications and not issue any more permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. (S&P Global)
Baptists and yogis work together to fight Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in a historic black community in Virginia. (Washington Post)
A Houston investment group acquires a pipeline construction company based in Pennsylvania. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS:
One of the West Virginia Supreme Court judges who was impeached had reversed a ruling that would have forced drillers to pay more to residents. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Water use in hydraulic fracturing in Texas’ Permian Basin rose by nearly nine times between 2011 and 2016, according to a new study. (San Antonio Express-News)

UTILITIES: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster calls Santee Cooper’s last-minute board meeting cancellation “absurd” and “unlawful.” (WACH)

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MICROGRIDS: Georgia Power and the Georgia Institute of Technology team up to build a $10 to $15 million research microgrid to help understand the technology. (Microgrid Knowledge)

COMMENTARY:
The Natural Resources Defense Council president says the people of West Virginia deserve better than the unfulfilled promises of coal jobs. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Three environmental group representatives call on Virginia leaders to stop pipeline construction and protect the state’s waterways. (Free Lance-Star)

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