Southeast Energy News

Dominion says it will cut methane emissions in half

EMISSIONS: Dominion Energy says it will reduce methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure by half over the next decade, including emissions from projects like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

WIND:
• Teams from two Virginia colleges will compete in a national wind energy competition. (Energy News Network)
• Newkirk, Oklahoma, residents raise an “uproar” over alleged secrecy surrounding a proposed 350 MW wind farm. (KFOR)

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UTILITIES:
• A bill that would have allowed a Georgia utility to issue bonds for expanding electric power without voter approval fails for the second time in two years. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A bill approved by the South Carolina House allows legislators to maintain control of the sale of utility Santee Cooper but presses them to decide by the end of the year. (Post and Courier)
• A Duke Energy executive says rate hikes in North Carolina would allow the company to fund coal ash cleanup and other large projects. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)
• Appalachian Power requests approval for new energy efficiency programs. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• Four Texas counties with regulated utilities are installing solar at higher rates than the rest of the state. (Houston Chronicle)
• Florida regulators approve Duke Energy’s plan to charge customers for two solar projects. (Tallahassee Reports)
• Oklahoma has the sixth highest potential for solar in the nation, but is among the worst in adding capacity. (KGOU)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A bill introduced in North Carolina would raise annual registration fees for electric vehicles and assess a registration fee on hybrids. (Progressive Pulse)
• A solar company installs an electric vehicle charger for public use in Danville, Kentucky. (Advocate-Messenger)

COAL:
• West Virginia tries to incentivize coal companies to open more mines, but a company that produces metallurgic coal for steel isn’t convinced. (Bloomberg)
• Red spruce are being planted on top of a former West Virginia coal mine in order to rehabilitate the site. (E&E News)
• United Mine Workers Association head Cecil Roberts works with coal miners to pressure Congress to save their pensions. (WV MetroNews)

COAL ASH: Memphis residents worry TVA’s coal ash pond will affect drinking water, but the company says it will take nine years to clean up. (Local Memphis)

PIPELINES: West Virginia regulators approve a stormwater permit for an extension of the Mountaineer Gas Pipeline, which will cut through an African American cemetery. (Morgan County USA, Local DVM)

OIL & GAS:
• Natural gas prices in Texas plunged to record lows, so producers are paying companies with spare pipeline capacity to take unwanted gas. (Reuters)
• Midland, Texas, officials say oil companies are starting to repair roads and invest in healthcare and education in the community. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Resolutions opposing offshore drilling are moving through state and local governments, including in Pooler, Georgia. (Savannah Morning News)
• Environmental groups asks a federal appellate court to review a permit for waste disposal from fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. (E&E News, subscription)

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