Southeast Energy News

Dominion and pork producer double down on manure-to-energy projects

BIOGAS: Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods say they will invest half a billion dollars into projects that turn animal waste into energy in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah. (Daily Press)

SOLAR:
• Recent reforms in Virginia created a transparent regulatory process that puts rural communities in control of permitting decisions and encourages solar projects. (Energy News Network)
• After a successful pilot project, Entergy plans to build a larger solar farm in east New Orleans. (Very Local New Orleans)

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RENEWABLES:
• Georgetown, Texas, powered by 100% renewable energy, faces problems because it contracted for more electricity than it needs to serve customers. (E&E News)
• Elections in Virginia today will likely decide whether the state joins Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Strict cybersecurity rules are posing a challenge for Dominion Energy, Florida Power & Light and other utilities upgrading nuclear plants to digital systems. (Utility Dive) 

COAL ASH:
• The Trump administration proposes to loosen two Obama-era rules meant to stop water pollution from power plants and clean up coal ash ponds. (InsideClimate News)
• Environmental groups say they will fight the proposed rule changes, but officials in Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia support them. (Oklahoman)

COAL:
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put a bill that would protect miners’ pensions up for a vote. (WV Metro News)
• Despite President Trump’s promises to bring coal back, the industry has continually declined in Kentucky. (Courier Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• A Houston oil company reports steep losses because of cost overruns on several projects, including two liquefied natural gas plants. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas is pivoting toward natural gas and wind as oil production slows down, an analyst says. (Texas Standard) 

PIPELINES:
• North Carolina regulators release interview transcripts and written statements saying the governor didn’t interfere with Atlantic Coast Pipeline approval. (WRAL)
• An Atlantic Coast Pipeline representative tells a West Virginia community he is optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in the company’s favor and restart construction. (My Buckhannon)

OVERSIGHT:
• South Carolina’s utility watchdog agency ends its relationship with a former director after an investigation showed he had been quietly rehired as a consultant. (The State)
• Florida regulators will vote today on two proposals, including one that would charge customers to bury power lines and could cost more than $3 billion in the next three years. (Tampa Bay Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Climate change is on the Texas ballot in today’s elections, says a radio commentator. (Texas Public Radio)
• Florida should keep its Turkey Point nuclear power plant running to provide electricity and curb climate change, a columnist writes. (Tampa Bay Times)
• Georgia utilities have created barriers to distributed rooftop solar in the state, two solar advocates say. (PV Magazine)

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