Southeast Energy News

Dominion Energy says it’s willing to take partial control of Santee Cooper

UTILITIES: Dominion Energy says it’s willing to run parts of South Carolina’s state-owned utility Santee Cooper, but it doesn’t want to buy it. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: Kentucky regulators approve a utility’s plan to revamp its program that helps people afford their power bills. (WTVQ)

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SOLAR:
• An environmental nonprofit and solar company partner to offer Alabama residents discounts on solar installations to cut down on fees Alabama Power imposes. (Yale Climate Connections)
• A solar company plans to build two utility-scale solar projects worth $89 million in Georgia. (Chattanooga Times Free-Press)
• A Texas nonprofit hosts a community talk about renewable energy in hopes it can move forward with plans for a solar project. (KTRE)
• Solar energy experts and public officials discuss the benefits of solar power in Hampton Roads, Virginia. (WTKR)
• About 15,000 Florida Power & Light customers will get their energy from new solar power facilities, the utility says. (WUFT)

WIND: Anti-wind energy groups from two Texas counties hold meetings about opposing another wind farm in the state. (KFDX/KJTL)

NUCLEAR: A Virginia man fights the state’s uranium mining ban so that he can mine massive amounts on his land, which holds the largest-known deposit of uranium in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
Coal mining has tampered with or surrounded many centuries-old graveyards in Appalachia, concerning families. (Atlas Obscura)
Kentucky’s two largest electric utilities expect smaller coal mining declines than the steep declines of previous years. (S&P Global)

COAL ASH: A safety supervisor was captured on video telling a worker cleaning up the massive Kingston coal ash spill in Tennessee that he shouldn’t wear a protective mask, according to court documents. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
Protesters pressure Roanoke Gas Company about its involvement with the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• Energy companies in West Virginia attend a training to learn what to do if a gas pipeline ruptures because of careless digging. (WDTV)

OIL & GAS:
• Energy companies compete over terminals along the Gulf Coast to handle the rush of oil coming from West Texas. (Reuters)
• Texas drilling companies might have flared twice as much gas as they reported to the state from 2012 to 2017, according to a new report. (Texas Standard)

OVERSIGHT: Concerns about whether oil and gas companies have too much influence over regulators dominates a campaign for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: If states are flexible about how they implement renewable energy, it could smooth the transition to carbon-free electricity, says a clean energy advocate and economist. (EDF blog)

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