Southeast Energy News

Controversial Louisiana proposal would change net metering program

SOLAR: Clean energy advocates protest a proposal before Louisiana regulators that would lower rates paid to solar customers under net metering. (Fox 8)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Asheville, North Carolina, installs five electric bus charging stations with $200,000 from Duke Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

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UTILITIES:
• The board of South Carolina utility Santee Cooper approves a shift from coal to natural gas and renewables but abandons a plan to share costs for fuel, energy trading and coal ash waste with Southern Company. (Post and Courier)
• Activists and customers gather outside Dominion Energy’s headquarters to protest its excess earnings and rate increase request. (WTVR)
• Tampa Electric files plans with Florida regulators to lower bills for customers, in part because of low natural gas prices. (Daily Energy Insider)

RENEWABLES: Activists call on Manatee County, Florida, to agree to a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045. (Bradenton Herald)

WIND:
• A wind farm proposal divides a community northwest of Dallas, where some residents say developers’ tactics have been misleading. (Dallas Observer)
• A Texas appeals court upholds $2.1 million in sanctions against a wind company that refused to turn over financial records. (Law 360, subscription)

COAL:
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks a measure to help pay for coal miners’ healthcare and pensions, instead using funds for Appalachia to bankroll a Kentucky aluminum plant connected to Russia. (Daily Beast)
• The United Mine Workers of America announces layoffs at a West Virginia coal processing plant. (WVNS)

PIPELINES: The American Civil Liberties Union warns that a pre-filed bill would stifle Kentucky pipeline protests. (WUKY)

OIL & GAS: A south Louisiana parish will get nearly $42 million for storm protection projects, funded by offshore oil and gas leases. (Associated Press)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A House committee debates three bills that would ban offshore drilling. (Courthouse News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• Proposed changes to Louisiana’s net metering law are an effort by the fossil fuel industry to dismantle solar, clean energy groups say. (PV Magazine, Energy and Policy Institute)
• A clean energy group breaks down how much Georgia Power’s customers’ bills would increase based on the utility’s proposed rate hike. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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