Southeast Energy News

Dominion says storage too costly for long-range plan

SOLAR: Dominion Energy excluded solar-plus-storage projects from its long-term resource plan, saying storage is too costly. (PV Magazine)

ALSO:
• U.S. solar installations are expected to double to 4 million in four years, boosted by growth in states like South Carolina, according to a research firm’s report. (Houston Chronicle)
• A boat manufacturer starts using solar to power its manufacturing facility in Summerville, South Carolina. (Solar Power World)
Construction begins on a solar farm in rural North Carolina that will help power a pharmaceutical company. (WWAY)

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WIND: Louisiana lags Texas in wind energy projects because the state has fewer renewable energy-friendly policies. (Louisiana Weekly)

MICROGRIDS: North Carolina approves Duke Energy’s plans for its first utility-scale microgrid. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

RENEWABLES: As coal declines in the U.S. and abroad, energy companies in Texas harness wind and solar power. (Texas Standard)

COAL:
• Oklahoma regulators approve an order to allow Oklahoma Gas and Electric to buy a coal-fired plant. (Oklahoman)
• Four conservation groups notify the Trump administration they plan to sue two federal agencies and West Virginia over perceived threats to endangered species from surface mining. (Register-Herald)
• Eastern Kentucky miners struggle with black lung disease, a preventable but incurable disease caused by breathing coal dust. (WSAZ)
• A Florida utility plans to retire a coal-fired power plant because it is increasingly expensive to run. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. oil output is expected to rise by about 83,000 barrels per day, largely because of the Permian Basin in Texas. (Reuters)
• As oil prices have dropped, Permian Basin drillers have cut costs by using sand mined nearer to wells in west Texas, hurting sand operations in central Texas. (Marketplace)
• President Trump will visit a Louisiana natural gas facility today to discuss exporting gas. (The Advocate)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Norwegian oil company Equinor buys Shell’s stake in the Gulf of Mexico for $965 million. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: Atlanta and Southern Company make promises to reduce carbon emissions, but Georgia Power has not factored the goals into its long-term plan. (WABE)

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