Southeast Energy News

Dominion to invest $33 million in energy storage

STORAGE: Dominion Energy says it plans to spend about $33 million on four energy storage pilot projects totalling 16 MW in Virginia. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy cancels its largest solar project within two months of winning its own bid, raising questions about its monopoly. (Greentech Media)
• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a law that extends solar tax abatement in the state for 10 years. (PV Magazine)
• Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy installs a solar array to help power its operations. (news release)
• A renewable developer applies to build a 75,000-panel solar farm in Henry County, Virginia, which would be the county’s first. (Martinsville Bulletin)

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NUCLEAR: South Carolina officials urge a federal court to grant it a multimillion-dollar payout for plutonium stored at a nuclear reserve. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
• A halt on a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t stop environmental problems along the route, opponents say. (Roanoke Times)
• A pipeline that runs from Texas’ Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast is expected to begin partial service next week. (Reuters)
• An Enbridge pipeline that exploded and killed a person in Kentucky will stay shut off until at least August 12, the company says. (Reuters)

COAL:
• An attorney representing miners left unpaid by the bankruptcy of Blackjewel says they could get some of the money they are owed from the sale of several mines but full compensation is not guaranteed. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• The Department of Labor asks a judge to block the shipment of a train load of coal in Kentucky until employees get paid for mining it. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A coal truck crashes on a Kentucky interstate and spills coal, blocking traffic. (WKYT)

COAL ASH: Sickened coal ash cleanup workers in Tennessee push the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO hard to help them. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An environmental group asks South Carolina officials to work with federal regulators to reconsider approvals for seismic blast testing four years ago. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas regulators allow an oil company to continue flaring natural gas despite having access to a pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Louisiana think tank says lawsuits against oil companies are slowing down the state’s economy. (Louisiana Record)

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UTILITIES: South Carolina will pay four consultants millions of dollars to explore offloading or overhauling Santee Cooper. (The State)

COMMENTARY:
• South Carolina regulators must cut ties with a consulting firm that has ties to utilities, an environmental group says. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)
• Increasing carbon emissions in Texas are canceling out emissions reductions in other states, an environmental advocate writes. (The Hill)
• The West Virginia legislature acted too quickly to bail out a struggling coal plant, an editorial board writes. (Williamson Daily News)

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