Southeast Energy News

Dominion, Smithfield to turn Virginia hog waste into biogas

BIOGAS: Dominion Energy announces a $250 million project with Smithfield Foods to capture methane from hog waste on Virginia farms and turn it into natural gas. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OVERSIGHT: Bernard McNamee’s FERC nomination clears a Senate committee even after telling a conservative Texas group renewable energy is bad for the grid. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• An eastern Tennessee community’s first solar farm is expected to start producing power in January. (Johnson City Press)
• Lee County, Georgia Illinois officials deny a solar farm permit for a former landfill. (Sauk Valley)
• A Texas solar energy project years in the making nears completion. (KTEN)

RENEWABLES: Texas renewable energy advocates brace for a fight in the next legislative session over tax breaks for wind and solar companies. (KXAN)

STORAGE: A European battery company used by the wind and solar industries plans to expand its headquarters in Virginia Beach. (Southside Daily)

NUCLEAR:
• A South Carolina nuclear fuel plant worker is safe after spilling toxic acid on his clothes. (Associated Press)
• An energy company co-founded by Bill Gates is working with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others to build advanced nuclear reactors. (Stamford Advocate)

PIPELINES:
Another pipeline protester attached themselves to a piece of Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment to stop construction in West Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
Allies of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam criticize him for his decision to replace air and water regulators before key decisions on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Washington Post)
• A trial over Bayou Bridge Pipeline eminent domain claims begins with an assertion from the company’s lawyer that the land in question is only worth $1.11. (The Advocate)

COAL: A group of Appalachian organizations have an economic development plan to move past coal that includes clean energy jobs and affordable housing. (The Nation)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas natural gas prices plunge 80 percent to their lowest levels on record: 25 cents per million British thermal units. (Reuters)
• A Louisiana oil and gas industry leader says the state lags in the offshore oil and gas industry. (Houma Today)

COMMENTARY:
• Solar cooperatives help Florida residents save on the cost of going solar, says a League of Women Voters president. (Gainesville Sun)
• If Republicans want free market innovation, then they should support a carbon tax, says a columnist. (Washington Post)

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