Southeast Energy News

Critics say Florida fracking ban bill leaves loopholes

BIOMASS: A new state report and comments by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper this week raise concern about the climate impact of the state’s wood pellet biomass industry. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A Florida House committee proposes a bill to ban fracking with a “high rate” of fluids, a move environmentalists say leaves loopholes. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Two pipelines that would move oil from the Permian Basin to Corpus Christi ports in Texas receive final federal permit approvals. (Houston Chronicle)
• Federal regulators approve an Enbridge pipeline from Corpus Christi to the Gulf of Mexico seafloor. (Houston Chronicle)
• Natural gas flows to export terminals along the Gulf Coast are expected to increase after falling to their lowest levels in nearly a year. (Reuters)
• A federal court declines to block the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• Duke Energy launches a shared solar program for customers in the Carolinas. (Solar Power World)
• Lawmakers, solar companies, and utilities say they are working together to change to a net metering bill that will affect thousands of jobs in the state. (WTOC)

WIND: Some Floyd County, Virginia farmers and business owners could get grants to help them harness wind energy. (WFXR)

RENEWABLES: Georgetown, Texas officials work to address concerns people have about renewable energy contracts resulting in higher costs. (KXAN)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An Oklahoma company is the leading provider of services for battery packs used in hybrid and electric vehicles. (Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear plants like the one being constructed in Georgia can play a small role in the Green New Deal, supporters say. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin touts natural gas at a legislative event in the state. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
• Officials expect a new natural gas power plant in Harrison County, West Virginia to be in operation by 2021. (WV News)

COAL: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration announces the recovery of $1.3 million in coal severance tax money to 27 counties. (WMKY)

COAL ASH: Tennessee lawmakers demand answers from TVA after its disclosure that ratepayers may have to pay for a contractor’s misdeeds during the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill cleanup. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

UTILITIES: Texas power producers plan to invest at least $100 million in existing power plants to prepare for the summer electricity demand. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Texas legislators need to stay on track to make sure the state remains a clean energy leader, says an advanced power group leader. (Austin Business Journal, subscription)

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