Southeast Energy News

Dominion pledges to slash methane emissions in half

EMISSIONS: Dominion Energy pledges to cut methane emissions from its natural gas systems in half by 2030. The move comes as Virginia considers new regulations on methane. (WFAE, Energy News Network archives)

CLEAN ENERGY: North Carolina communities trying to cut emissions are tackling low-hanging fruit like building efficiency but will need help from the state and Duke Energy to achieve more ambitious goals. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES: A Tennessee Republican lawmaker’s bill would require TVA to make board committee meetings open to the public. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)  

COAL:
• During a congressional hearing on climate change, economic development leaders from coal communities urge lawmakers to include them in climate action plans. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• An Alabama coal company will pay $775,000 in fines for air pollution violations near Birmingham. (AL.com)
• President Trump and Kentucky lawmakers continue to pressure TVA to keep a coal plant open despite the utility’s decision to close it because it’s unreliable. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Kentucky Republican lawmakers reintroduce a bill that would limit what homeowners can earn from producing excess solar energy. (Courier Journal)
• South Carolina lawmakers are close to making a deal to eliminate a cap on the rooftop solar industry. (The State)
• Solar jobs in Florida increased 21 percent in 2018, according to a solar group’s report. (WJCT)
• A solar company will build a net-zero headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Solar Power World)
• Solar jobs grow in Texas and Tennessee, despite a nationwide decline. (Houston Chronicle, Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Pittsylvania County, Virginia zoning officials unanimously approve a solar project. (Chatham Star-Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Landowners worry a 430-mile natural gas pipeline will scar Texas hill country, which has been mostly untouched by oil and gas drilling. (Texas Observer)
• Pipeline companies urge the Trump administration to assert federal authority over interstate pipelines to prevent states from blocking projects. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• A Virginia bill that would set new standards for Dominion’s natural gas supply contracts dies in a Senate committee. (Daily Press)
• The federal government and a Louisiana agency seek penalties from pipeline operators over three oil spills in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. (Legal News Line)
• A new Dallas company plans to build a deepwater Gulf Coast facility for oil and gas drilling. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)
• Record U.S. oil production through 2020 could be a good sign for Louisiana’s industry. (The Advocate)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Virginia Democratic lawmakers push federal officials to block seismic testing for oil and gas off the state’s coast. (Daily Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas and Oklahoma case studies of corporate investments in wind farms show it benefits local communities, a wind energy group says. (AWEA blog)
• It’s important that most Georgia lawmakers are aligned in opposing offshore drilling off the state’s coast, an editorial board says. (Savannah Morning News)
• North Carolina regulators have heard enough public comment and should move on safely storing coal ash, says Rev. William Barber III and a Native American environmental justice leader. (News & Observer)

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