Southeast Energy News

Critics say climate benefits of feedlot biogas are overstated

BIOENERGY: Environmental advocates say the calculations used to project climate benefits from biogas captured at industrial feedlots are often misleading, overlooking the impacts of the livestock operations themselves. (Inside Climate News)

• A new study finds that the Virginia’s sweeping Clean Economy Act will only cut emissions 26% by 2050, partly because it focuses only on the state’s largest electric utilities. (Greentech Media)
• A growing shift in Florida’s electorate to accept climate change and worry about its consequences may result in action even in an increasingly Republican state legislature. (WLRN)
• A utility regulation commission in Orlando, Florida, approves a clean-energy plan to end net carbon emissions by 2050, but critics worry it will also stop energy efficiency measures and incentives for rooftop solar. (Orlando Sentinel)

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• Edelen Renewables says it will redevelop nearly 1,800 acres of a reclaimed coal mine in eastern Kentucky for a solar farm. (WYMT)
• A Con Edison official says an 80 MW solar farm in southern Virginia should be complete by spring, with more projects likely in the works. (Gazette-Virginian)
• A northeastern North Carolina county board unanimously rezones 611 acres to allow construction of a solar farm. (Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald)

REGULATION: West Virginia Republicans applaud the U.S. EPA for declining to tighten soot regulations, despite an agency report in January finding thousands of premature deaths could be prevented. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

WIND: Dominion Energy uses the installation of two turbines off Virginia’s coast as a first step toward a larger commercial wind energy project that could see 180 turbines in service by 2026. (WDVM)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla CEO Elon Musk moves to Texas after fighting with California regulators over coronavirus restrictions that have kept the company’s Bay Area factory closed. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: The president of Oklahoma’s oil and gas trade association says 2020 has been a historically bad year for the industry. (Tahlequah Daily Press)

• San Antonio launches a pilot program to install “smart” sensors and updated technology in streetlights and traffic signals. (San Antonio Report)
• A conservative think tank chides Chattanooga in its annual “Tennessee Pork Report” for spending $6 million on efficient street lights before removing them and giving them back to the company over a dispute about their effectiveness. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

TRANSPORTATION: Virginia leaders hope a passenger rail authority created earlier this year will result in more train ridership and a drop in transportation-related carbon emissions. (Virginia Mercury)

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UTILITIES: A Mississippi electricity cooperative uses a $200 million credit from the Tennessee Valley Authority to avoid rate increases and weather the pandemic, which has resulted in a 10% decline in commercial power usage. (Chickasaw Journal)

COMMENTARY: The U.S. Senate may take up President Trump’s nomination of new members to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board during its lame-duck session, but if so, it should give them a straight up-or-down vote, writes a clean-energy advocacy group. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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