Southeast Energy News

Dominion Energy executive: ‘We will … get to a 100% carbon-free grid’

UTILITIES: A vice president at Dominion Energy talks about the utility’s plans to decarbonize and modernize the grid and lessons it has learned about renewables and energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Virginia environmental justice groups protest Dominion Energy’s involvement in a NAACP conference because of the company’s efforts to build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in a historic black community. (Richmond Free Press)

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• In New Orleans and across the country, utilities are investing billions in new natural gas plants instead of renewables — and environmentalists and some states are fighting to stop them. (New York Times)
• A natural gas leak in Martinsburg, West Virginia, prompts evacuations and closures, but authorities say no one has been hurt. (Herald-Mail Media)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Louisiana lawmakers’ pitch to use offshore oil and gas revenues for projects like protecting the state’s coastline was met with a mixed reaction during a U.S. Senate hearing. (The Advocate)

• A renewable energy company says it now wants to build 700-foot tall wind turbines on a Virginia ridgeline, which will require regulatory approval. (Roanoke Times)
• McDonald’s signs a power purchase agreement to buy solar and wind from Texas facilities to help power 2,500 of its restaurants. (Recharge News)

• Construction begins on a 225 MW solar project in Borden County, Texas, that will help provide power for several towns. (Environment and Energy Leader)
• Duke Energy wants to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Charlotte solar company accusing the utility of implementing policies that inhibit solar development. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COAL: Kanawha County, West Virginia, officials pass a resolution in support of a Senate bill that would protect miners’ pensions. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COAL ASH: Former President Barack Obama’s coal ash cleanup rules barely got off the ground since environmental groups challenged them for not going far enough, though some Southeast states have made strides in recent years. (Grist)

UTILITIES: Memphis utility leaders meet for the last time this year to discuss whether they could get power cheaper from a source other than the Tennessee Valley Authority. (WMC)

• Knoxville, Tennessee, voters chose a clean energy leader for their mayor, an environmental group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• North Carolina should embrace cleaner energy, especially as the energy efficiency job sector grows, an editorial board writes. (Star News Online)

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