Southeast Energy News

Controversial N.C. power plant on hold for 15 years

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s plans to build a natural gas plant in western North Carolina that would accommodate high energy demands in the area are put on hold until at least 2032. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

ALSO:
• North Carolina lawmakers advance a bill that would let Duke Energy seek multi-year rate increases for major projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• The Florida Chamber of Commerce files a legal brief with the state Supreme Court opposing a proposed amendment that would reduce large power companies’ control over the energy market. (Florida Politics)

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OIL & GAS:
• East Texas and Louisiana break a 2011 shale production record, hitting 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day this month. (Houston Chronicle)
• Rising production in Texas and Appalachia could lead to pipeline capacity constraints sooner than originally thought, some analysts say. (Houston Chronicle)
• FERC approves plans for liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas and Louisiana. (Reuters)
• U.S. oil refineries plan more upgrades and overhauls to plants than usual for the second quarter of 2019. (Reuters)

FRACKING:
• Environmentalists call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to ban all types of fracking, not just some, to protect the state’s drinking water. (WLRN)
• Environmental groups say a bill being considered by the Texas Senate would allow oil and gas companies to discharge fracking waste into the state’s waterways. (San Antonio Current)

SOLAR:
• A Georgia winery powers 60% of its operations with solar energy. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A campaign to get homeowners to install rooftop solar ramps up in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alexandria Living Magazine)
• A solar cooperative in Charlottesville, Virginia helps homeowners save money on rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (C-Ville)

TRANSMISSION: Neighbors of a proposed high-power electric transmission line in Florida say they never had a chance to weigh in on the project. (Tallahassee Democrat)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling oversight has returned to pre-BP oil spill levels nine years after the disaster, raising risks for oil spills and endangering workers, according to a report released by a conservation group. (WWL)

BIOMASS: An Austin utility buys an East Texas biomass plant for $460 million. (Austin Monitor)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups ask the Supreme Court to take their case against the Tennessee Valley Authority over coal ash pollution. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: Pipeline opponents protest an energy conference in Roanoke attended by Appalachian utility companies. (Roanoke Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A business columnist calls the closure of a Florida nuclear plant “one of the most thickheaded moves in local business history.” (Tampa Bay Times)
• El Paso Electric is innovating in efficiency and renewable energy, says the CEO of the company. (El Paso Times)

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