Southeast Energy News

Controversial Ohio-to-Texas pipeline scrapped amid criticism

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan cancels a controversial plan to push natural gas liquids from Ohio to Texas through a repurposed pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• A Virginia couple whose property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hosts an interfaith ceremony on the site today. (Energy News Network)
• Two congressmen ask the Navy to look into the safety of a natural gas pipeline set to run under a Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard. (Virginian-Pilot)

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COAL:
• “They told us we would be fired if we wore a mask.” A sickened worker shares his story from the 2008 TVA coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)  
• FirstEnergy says it will keep a West Virginia coal plant open until 2022 despite earlier announcing a 2019 closure. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot following a court ruling. (ThinkProgress)

OIL & GAS:
• Doddridge County leads West Virginia’s 55 counties in oil and natural gas production, according to a state industry association. (Exponent Telegram)
• BP says it’s added the equivalent of 30,000 barrels of oil a day to production at its largest Gulf of Mexico platform. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia farmer loans his flock of 30 sheep to a local medical center to graze vegetation in its solar panel field. (Roanoke Times)
• Florida Power & Light is ready to build the first of four solar farms in Miami-Dade County after a long search for suitable land. (WLRN)
• A bakery in Little Rock, Arkansas, selects a solar company to install a 102-panel array at its downtown location. (news release)

STORAGE: Austin Energy says batteries are sure to become a larger part of its storage portfolio in the near future. (Austin Monitor)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina lawmakers urge President Trump to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Entergy Louisiana completes one of the largest transmission projects in the company’s history. (T&D World)

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POLITICS:
• A clean energy group launches an ad blitz in support of Florida GOP U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who proposed a carbon tax in July. (Florida Politics)
• A race for two seats on Georgia’s Public Service Commission could decide who pays for Vogtle nuclear plant cost overruns. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Florida’s Next Era Energy was the top utility donor to GOP political groups in 2017-2018, according to a report by the Energy Policy Institute. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is plunging ahead with as much work as it can get away with before securing key permits, and that appears to be a deliberate strategy to deflate opposition and stay ahead of court decisions. (Virginia Mercury)
• Hurricane Michael highlights the urgent need for more solar power in Florida, writes a manager with the Environmental Defense Fund. (Forbes)

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