Southeast Energy News

Democrats challenge plan to fund Appalachia natural gas hub

Correction: Dominion Energy is considering a Virginia county as a location for a $2 billion hydroelectric pumped storage facility. A previous version of this digest misidentified the utility involved in the project.

OIL & GAS: House Democrats challenge an Energy Department plan to use a $1.9 billion loan guarantee for a natural gas storage and plastics hub in Appalachia instead of clean energy projects. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Texas oil and gas regulators unanimously elect a new chairman. (WorldOil)

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• Rapid growth in Florida and Texas is driving up U.S. solar installations, with 13 GW of new capacity expected nationwide in 2019, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• Three Virginia counties form a solar cooperative to make installing solar panels cheaper for homeowners. (Solar Industry)
• North Carolina researchers study new solar technology that makes cells more efficient. (WRAL)
• Entergy Texas seeks requests for proposals for 200 MW of solar projects in the state. (PV Magazine)

BIOMASS: Southeastern forests are being decimated by demand for wood pellets to power biomass energy plants in Europe and Japan, a report by environmental groups says. (Yale 360)

HYDROPOWER: Dominion Energy considers a Virginia county as a location for $2 billion hydroelectric pump storage facility. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

• Nuclear regulators find no safety concerns preventing the Tennessee Valley Authority from locating a nuclear site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Power Engineering)
• The Georgia Court of Appeals hears arguments about whether the state’s decision to expand Plant Vogtle violated any regulations. (WABE)

EMISSIONS: The Trump administration scales back Obama-era curbs on greenhouse gas emissions with a rewrite of the Clean Power Plan, but it likely won’t stop the retirement of coal plants around the U.S. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: Texas’ governor signs a bill into law that could send pipeline protestors to jail and fine them thousands of dollars. (San Antonio Business Journal)

COAL ASH: An environmental group urges Gadsden, Alabama, officials to take action against Alabama Power over potential coal ash contamination. (WIAT)  

COMMENTARY: The Clean Power Plan, which is being replaced by the Trump administration, would have driven significant emissions reductions in the Southeast, an energy consultant writes. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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