Southeast Energy News

Developers delay major natural gas and pipeline project in Louisiana

WIND: A Dominion Energy official acknowledges critics’ frustration with the pace of its offshore wind work but says the utility is making steady progress and learning from its pilot project. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
Natural gas company Tellurian delays construction of its $27 billion LNG project near Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is reconsidering a pipeline project that would connect to it. (Construction Dive)
A gas explosion and fire at an underground natural gas main in Maumelle, Arkansas, injures four utility employees. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
Texas justices set aside a lower court ruling that would have allowed Exxon to access records kept by California officials suing them. (InsideClimate News)
Chesapeake Energy, an oil and gas giant in Oklahoma for many years, is in talks with its creditors that could lead to bankruptcy court. (Washington Post)

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SOLAR:
• A new baseball stadium in Fredericksburg, Virginia, gets solar-powered LED lights with batteries that can power the lights for up to five days. (Free Lance-Star)
• Officials in Forrest City, Arkansas, will break ground on three new solar projects next week. (KAIT)

EFFICIENCY: Orange County, Florida, receives $50,000 to support a program that provides homeowners with affordable energy efficiency projects. (Orlando Sentinel) 

JUSTICE: Robert Bullard, often called the father of environmental justice, helps relaunch the disbanded Black Environmental Justice Network, which he co-founded in 1991. (InsideClimate News) 

NUCLEAR: Florida utilityJEA lost its lawsuit to get out of a costly contract with Plant Vogtle, but a judge is allowing it to pursue other legal claims. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

COAL ASH: A Georgia senate bill designed to help keep out-of-state coal ash from being dumped in landfills gets a unanimous vote from a House committee. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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UTILITIES:
A bill that would allow Dalton Utilities in Georgia to issue bonds for the expansion of electric power without voter approval narrowly passes the state House. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Kyle, Texas, city council members vote to postpone utility disconnects until July 29 while staff works on an emergency grant to help people make payments. (KXAN)

COMMENTARY: Even if Texas stops natural gas flaring, it has to figure out what to do with excess gas, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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