Southeast Energy News

Company suspends plans for Kentucky battery plant

STORAGE: Enerblu suspends plans to build a battery cell manufacturing plant in Pikeville, Kentucky that would have added 800 jobs, citing problems at the proposed construction site. (WSAZ)

NUCLEAR:
• TVA says it can’t complete the sale of the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama because the developer doesn’t yet have a license to operate it. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• South Carolina residents are left footing the $9 billion bill to fix the construction site of the failed VC Summer nuclear project. (The Intercept)

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SOLAR:
• Florida regulators approve Tesla’s request to sell rooftop solar panels, saying it does not constitute the sale of electricity. (WKMG)
• Teachers in Dickenson County, Virginia are trained on solar energy so they can teach students about it. (Dickenson Star)

UTILITIES:
• The University of North Carolina rejects a program designed by utility regulators to attract large commercial and institutional energy users. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• South Carolina lawmakers and Gov. Henry McMaster will discuss options for the sale of utility Santee Cooper on Wednesday. (Associated Press)
• Utility executives from Entergy and other companies say utilities need to expand their offerings to be more than electricity providers. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES:
• An appeals court upholds a decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to take immediate possession of land before deciding how much property owners should be paid. (Roanoke Times)
• Heavy equipment set on fire at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Virginia is being investigated as arson. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Natural gas prices in the Permian Basin dropped almost 90 percent to a record low as demand declined because of weather and pipeline constraints. (Reuters)
• Two new pipelines that will move wastewater from oil and gas drilling in the Permian Basin to disposal sites are put into service. (Houston Chronicle)
• Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil are investing $10 billion in a natural gas export hub in Texas. (New York Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina’s attorney general joins a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block seismic testing and offshore drilling. (WIS)

COAL ASH: TVA takes measures to protect its coal ash facilities from earthquakes in Tennessee. (Chattanoogan)

COAL: Longwall mining near and under I-70 in West Virginia causes traffic delays. (Wheeling Intelligencer)

POLITICS: Texas democrats are caught between the party’s growing call for climate policy and the oil and gas industry that has long driven the state’s economy. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Satellites are becoming important tools for governments and industry to monitor and cut greenhouse gas emissions, an environmental group says. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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