Southeast Energy News

Despite objections, Florida will turn coal plant into natural gas

POWER PLANTS: Despite objections from environmentalists, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet members approve a Tampa utility’s plan to convert a coal plant to natural gas rather than replace it with renewables. (Fox 13)

OIL & GAS:
• A Brazilian company will no longer pursue a petrochemical project that would have included an ethane cracker in West Virginia, and West Virginia lawmakers debate what to do with the land. (S&P Global, WTAP)
• Officials from West Virginia speak to a Senate committee about the proposed Appalachian natural gas storage hub. (WV News)
• An oil company stops its fracking operation in Oklahoma after an earthquake hits near the site. (E&E News, subscription)

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BIOGAS: Renewable natural gas is taking off in the U.S., especially in North Carolina, as the agriculture industry invests in projects. (Yale 360)

RENEWABLES:
• NextEra Energy plans to build the largest solar plus wind plus storage plant in the U.S. in Oklahoma. (Greentech Media)
• Orlando is ranked best in the Southeast for clean energy by an environmental group. (Orlando Sentinel)

SOLAR:
• A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces legislation to extend the solar tax credit for five years. (Greentech Media)
• Construction begins on a NextEra solar project in south Georgia that will bring hundreds of temporary jobs and $13 million in tax revenue. (WALB)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear workers worry a leak could have caused radioactive waste to get into soil below a South Carolina nuclear fuel facility. (News & Observer)

COAL:
• A Tennessee energy company offers $20.6 million for three mines owned by bankrupt coal company Blackjewel, one of which is in West Virginia. (Associated Press)
• Coal miners with black lung disease criticize Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell for refusing to talk to them about the trust fund that supports their medical benefits. (GOOD Magazine)
• Coal magnate Bob Murray is campaigning for President Trump and wants him to revive the dying coal industry and fix FERC. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
Growth in the Permian Basin slows because of pipeline and export terminal shortages. (Houston Chronicle)
• Lawmakers debate which agency should be in charge of cybersecurity for pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia lawmakers acted too quickly in bailing out a power plant instead of focusing on renewable sources. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

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