Southeast Energy News

Court decision gives Oklahoma tribes say on oil, gas development

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas projects in Oklahoma could face major hurdles due to a landmark Supreme Court decision declaring about half of the state Native American land. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• A union-commissioned survey suggests that oil and gas construction workers are increasingly worried about being left behind in the clean energy transition. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Republican candidate for Texas’ oil and gas regulating body who has taken large sums from oil and gas companies says he will recuse himself only when contributions come directly ahead of a vote. (Austin American-Statesman)

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SOLAR:
• A Gainesville, Florida, utility signs a power purchase agreement with a solar company to get energy from a 50 MW solar project, which will support the city’s goal of sourcing all of its power from renewables by 2045. (Renewables Now)
• A new solar cooperative launches in Hillsborough County, Florida, to help residents around the Tampa region afford to go solar. (Osprey Observer)
• A North Carolina company proposes a 1,700-acre solar project in Culpeper, Virginia that would be the second project considered by county officials. (Culpeper Star-Exponent)
• Virginia conservation officials are encouraging solar developers to consider pollinators in their projects to protect species. (Central Virginian)
• Buncombe County, North Carolina, commissioners will weigh choices this week for $10.3 million worth of solar projects to be installed on county facilities and schools. (Mountain Xpress)
• Entergy offers a revised plan to state regulators for selling solar power at lower rates to cities, counties and school districts. (Arkansas Business)

WIND: A Virginia economic group launches an initiative to develop a supply chain around Hampton Roads to serve the offshore wind industry. (Windpower Engineering)

UTILITIES: Florida is not yet part of a potential Southeast electricity market to integrate renewables and reduce wholesale energy costs. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Some North Carolina economic development officials worry that without the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, industries won’t build in the state — but pipeline opponents reject that argument. (Fayetteville Observer)
• The oil and gas industry expected a pipeline boom, but legal challenges from environmental groups have caused companies to back off major projects. (Houston Chronicle) 

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management proposes to sell oil and gas drilling leases for nearly 79 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico in November 2020. (Oilfield Technology)

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COAL: Some Appalachian coal towns transitioning to outdoor recreation economies are faring better than expected during the pandemic. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board raises concerns that Joe Biden’s policy proposals to reduce emissions and tackle climate change could heavily impact fracking. (Oklahoman)
• Environmental lawyers say federal regulators have recently rejected an attack on rooftop solar net metering policies but also discouraged renewable energy deployment with regulatory rollbacks. (SELC)

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