Southeast Energy News

Could Florida transition to renewables by 2050?

RENEWABLES:
• Florida environmentalists say they are cautiously optimistic about a pair of bills that would mandate the state to transition to renewable energy by 2050. (WUSF)
• Duke Energy completes its first round of $600 million in green bonds to finance clean energy projects. (Marketwatch)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia coal mine will be converted into a solar farm with the help of federal funds. (Energy News Network)
• It’s unlikely Spotsylvania County, Virginia officials will take a vote Tuesday on a controversial solar farm proposal. (Free Lance-Star)

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WIND: The wind industry in Oklahoma touts tax benefits to schools but has paid little so far because of a five-year exemption now being phased out. (Oklahoman)

EFFICIENCY: Southern Company, Electric Power Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory design a “smart neighborhood” in Alabama that has energy efficient appliances and solar. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS:  
• The U.S. will soon surpass Saudi Arabia in oil and gas exports, largely because of Permian Basin production. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Texas Farm Bureau president talks about eminent domain and legislation that would protect landowners. (Waco Tribune-Herald)
• Some experts say a $150 million power plant with carbon capture and storage in Texas is a practical path forward. (Inc)

UTILITIES:
• Tampa Electric is moving from coal to natural gas, but environmental advocates say it isn’t transitioning to renewables fast enough. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Appalachian Power and Dominion Energy customers in Virginia will get a credit on their electric bills because of a federal tax overhaul. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: West Virginia state water regulators’ vote to withdraw a decision to reconsider a Mountain Valley Pipeline permit raises questions for pipeline opponents. (Roanoke Times)

COAL:
• The widow of a West Virginia coal miner who was among 29 men killed in a 2010 mine explosion settles a lawsuit against the federal government for $550,000. (Associated Press)
• A bipartisan group of West Virginia senators introduces a resolution that would task a committee with studying the state’s black lung epidemic. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: Tennessee Valley Authority defends its relationship with a contractor accused of exposing coal ash cleanup workers to toxins. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis expresses concerns about offshore drilling ahead of his reelection campaign. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Environmental groups file analyses with North Carolina regulators saying Duke Energy’s long-range plan fails to incorporate enough renewables and instead keeps coal plants online. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

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