Southeast Energy News

Dominion CEO to step down amid utility’s change in direction

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell will step down in October as part of an executive shakeup in the wake of the utility’s cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Greentech Media)

• Southern Company says electricity demand bounced back in June and July, when sales were down just 1% compared to a year ago. (E&E News, subscription)
• Utility crews are working in smaller groups because of the pandemic, which means customers might need to wait longer for power to be restored after storm outages. (WRAL)

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• North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality is bracing for likely budget cuts as it deals with high-profile crises like coal ash and drinking water safety. (Coastal Review/Carolina Public Press)
• A Georgia man agrees to settle civil charges that he swindled investors in his energy development company out of $23 million. (Associated Press)

• The U.S. Forest Service plans to release a draft report by September on the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s potential environmental impacts to the Jefferson National Forest. (Roanoke Times)
• A lawsuit filed by victims of a Kentucky gas pipeline explosion says the operator failed to properly maintain the line and repair corrosion. (Lexington Herald Leader)

HYDROGEN: Florida-based NextEra is among the utilities making moves to compete with oil and gas companies for a piece of the hydrogen energy market. (Greentech Media)

• A solar project combining fixed-tilt and tracking panels with on-site battery storage begins producing power for a pair of Arkansas farms. (Talk Business & Politics)
• Duke Energy begins work on a 25-megawatt solar project on a 180-acre site west of Charlotte, North Carolina. (Gaston Gazette)

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POLITICS: President Trump is routinely lying about Joe Biden’s policy on fracking as Texas becomes a political battleground state. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A columnist writes that South Carolina’s state-owned utility Santee Cooper finally appears to be shedding some of the secrecy that helped mask the collapse of its failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

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