Southeast Energy News

Dominion wants to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm

WIND: Dominion Energy lays out a plan to build a 2.6 GW wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach, which would be the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Wind power is about to surpass coal for the first time in Texas as wind costs decline and coal plants close, according to an energy company’s report. (Bloomberg)

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RENEWABLES:
• Google announces 18 renewable energy deals, including purchases from solar farms in South Carolina, North Carolina and Texas. (CNET)
• Some clean energy advocates in West Virginia say the state can move away from fossil fuels like its neighbor, Virginia, is. (WOWK)

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy moves to extend permits for its 11 nuclear reactors in North and South Carolina into the 2060s as part of its decarbonization goals. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Florida Power & Light says it will install 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations at 100 locations across the state, but customers could end up paying for them. (Sun Sentinel)

SOLAR: South Korea company Hanwha Q Cells officially opens its solar module manufacturing facility in Georgia this week. (Greentech Media)

GREEN NEW DEAL: Some Texas lawmakers and advocates want the state to prioritize the Green New Deal, just like it did with renewable energy over a decade ago. (Texas Observer)

UTILITIES: The Florida Municipal Power Agency disputes Jacksonville Electric Authority’s claim that remaining a government-owned will kill the utility, which wants to privatize. (Florida Times-Union)

PIPELINES: A lawsuit in Robeson County, North Carolina, against a tower and metering station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ends due to questions about an appeal being filed in time. (Robesonian)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia county governments get $123 million in property taxes from oil and natural gas production in 2019. (WBOY)
• Some oil-state senators, including Texas’s Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, meet with President Trump to oppose increasing the amount of ethanol refineries are required to blend into their supply. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate project is unnecessary and unwanted by residential and commercial customers, says a landowner whose property the pipeline would cross. (Rockingham Now)
• The attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields could produce minor benefits for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, but it won’t be “a magic pill” to revive local economies, an editorial board says. (Houma Courier)
• Hurricane Dorian’s damage in the Bahamas showed how dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling can be, an environmental advocate says. (Coastal Review Online)
• Conservatives need to support and invest in renewable energy in Florida, a clean energy group leader says. (Tampa Bay Times)
• North Carolina’s transportation sector is poised for electrification, but creative solutions are needed to achieve success, says a clean energy advocate. (EDF Energy Exchange)

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