Southeast Energy News

Does Texas need more power plants to meet summer demand?

FINANCE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration explores a possible alliance with the New York Green Bank to help finance clean energy projects in the state. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Hot weather this month drives the Tennessee Valley Authority’s electricity use to its highest August peak in more than seven years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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POWER PLANTS: Some Texas energy industry experts make the case for building more power plants to meet energy demand. (Bloomberg)

BIOGAS: A mini sewage treatment system developed by a University of South Florida researcher removes nutrients and collects renewable biogas. (WTVT-TV)

SOLAR:
• Georgetown, Texas, is asked to return a $100,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for a proposed solar sustainability map and virtual power plant. (KXAN)
• Florida’s first zero-energy school, powered by solar energy, opens in Osceola County. (Fox 35)
• A plant that manufactures solar-powered products will open in Nacogdoches, Texas. (KTRE)
• A Kentucky county sets tax rates that would make it a more appealing site for a solar farm. (Bowling Green Daily News)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators find unsafe construction practices at work sites on the Atlantic Coast pipeline in West Virginia. (E&E News, subscription)
• Amherst, Virginia, officials approve a plan to lease land to Dominion Energy for a storage yard for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (News & Advance)
• Pipeline operator NuStar Energy LP plans to load the first shipment of Permian crude oil for export from Corpus Christi, Texas, this weekend. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• Houston, Texas, energy industry employees are losing out as the industry slows down, and they haven’t yet recovered from the last oil bust. (Houston Chronicle)
• Changes in Mexican energy policy are affecting Texas’ oil and gas industry, a lawyer says. (KBTX)
• A 3.4 magnitude earthquake rattles Oklahoma; such earthquakes have been tied to fracking in the state. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: North Carolina residents raise concerns about their drinking water, which has been contaminated by coal ash. (PBS)

POLITICS: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns a luxury resort that he profits from when lobbyists and state agencies book there. (ProPublica, Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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