Southeast Energy News

Could another wood pellet plant be coming to North Carolina?

BIOMASS: A British company applies for an air quality permit to build a wood pellet plant in rural Robeson County, North Carolina, raising environmental justice concerns. (NC Policy Watch)

PIPELINES: The West Virginia House passes a bill that increases penalties for damaging, disrupting, or trespassing on property containing “critical infrastructure” facilities such as pipelines. (Register-Herald)

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COAL: Scientists and advocates are replanting tens of thousands of acres of trees across Appalachia to restore forests destroyed by mountaintop removal mining. (Washington Post)  

OIL & GAS: Two years after leaks caused federal regulators to close liquefied natural gas storage tanks at a Louisiana export terminal, Cheniere Energy has met less than half the conditions for reopening. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
The decision over whether to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper is expected to dominate the South Carolina legislature’s time this year. (Associated Press)
Duke Energy’s CEO discusses the utility’s bid to buy Santee Cooper, and changes to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ownership. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
Duke Energy says its five-year plan is to spend $56 billion to create a smarter grid to support clean energy. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
Dominion Energy announces plans to build a 100 MW solar project in Virginia to help power Facebook’s operations. (Renewables Now)
A judge rules that an energy company must pay a Florida county property taxes on federal land it’s using to build a solar project. (Destin Log)

WIND: Southern Power’s 100 MW wind farm in Oklahoma’s Ouachita Mountains is now in operation. (Examiner-Enterprise)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: More than 700 people in rural Buncombe County, North Carolina, drive electric vehicles, many incentivized by federal tax credits, according to a report. (WLOS)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial board endorses a Democrat and Republican primary candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner, which regulates the oil and gas industry. (Dallas Morning News)
South Carolina utility Santee Cooper needs to finalize the deal to sell off parts from the failed nuclear reactor plant, an editorial board says. (Post and Courier)
Texas, a wind energy leader, is ready for a solar boom to help stabilize the renewable energy market, a wind energy company executive says. (Greentech Media)

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