Southeast Energy News

Dominion Energy wants customers to pay for offshore wind farm

WIND: Dominion Energy plans to develop the nation’s largest proposed offshore wind farm without the help of private investors and seek to recover the full cost of the $8 billion project from ratepayers. (Virginia Mercury)

SOLAR:
• Henderson, Kentucky, officials review two dozen proposals to build a solar project after a coal plant shut down in the area. (WFPL)
• Solar panels at Key West, Florida’s city hall save the local government $1,100 a month. (Keys Weekly)
• Dominion Energy plans to invest $330 million in a solar farm and a power plant in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. (News & Advance)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: North Carolina regulators may soon decide on Duke Energy’s proposed $76 million electric transportation program. (Triad Business Journal)

NUCLEAR:
• Dominion Energy wants South Carolina utility Santee Cooper to pay nearly half of the legal costs associated with an abandoned nuclear reactor. (Post and Courier)
• Jacksonville Electric Authority executives say they plan to start crunching numbers for the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant and could increase rates in 2021 or 2022. (Florida Times-Union)

COAL:
• The bankruptcy of coal giant Murray Energy could cause the miners’ pension program — already on shaky financial ground — to collapse. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Lawyers for a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family try to go to federal court to avoid paying $35 million in royalties and other payments. (WV Metro News)

OIL & GAS: An oil spill in North Dakota that shut down the Keystone Pipeline raises prices for Gulf Coast oil refineries. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A Texas engineering company with locations across the Southeast works to clean and protect pipelines so they don’t explode. (KLTV)

COMMENTARY:
• Community solar programs that offer affordable power are necessary for Florida’s transition to renewables, the director of a solar advocacy group says. (Energy News Network)
• The president of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Association says the group is committed to tackling climate change, but wants to use natural gas. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Virginia is moving forward with offshore wind with support from various stakeholders, but the costs of the project raise questions, a lawyer and environmental advocate writes. (Virginia Mercury)
• Clean energy jobs are on the rise in North Carolina and state officials should embrace that, an editorial board writes. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• Jackson, Mississippi is leading on initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, a climate advocate writes. (Jackson Free Press)

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