Southeast Energy News

Dominion wants to spend excess revenue on offshore wind, smart meters

WIND: Dominion Energy collected $277 million more from Virginia ratepayers than it was authorized to and now proposes to spend the money on an offshore wind pilot project and smart meters. (Utility Dive)

• Facebook agrees to a power purchase agreement to buy power from a wind project in Texas. (Power Technology)
• A Texas wind energy company sells a wind farm in Texas to a Chicago-based energy company. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Houston oil company lands a contract to build one of the world’s largest vessels for installing offshore wind turbines. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLITICS: A North Carolina Republican lawmaker went against his party to reject a controversial ratemaking bill backed by Duke Energy and is now working on a compromise. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A North Carolina solar developer plans to invest $30 million at properties across one county. (Index-Journal) 

UTILITIES: Organizers stop in Tennessee and across the South to help TVA customers find ways to get more involved and hold the utility accountable. (Rogersville Review)  

NUCLEAR: Officials at the Savannah River nuclear site in South Carolina closely monitor Hurricane Dorian as it creeps toward the coast. (Aiken Standard) 

• “Zombie” mines sit idle in Appalachia and the West as the coal and uranium industries decline, leaving environmental cleanup and employees in limbo. (Center for Public Integrity, Ohio Valley Resource, High Country News)
• Unpaid coal miners’ protest in eastern Kentucky raises questions about the future of coal communities. (Rolling Stone)
• A Kentucky county may take action against a coal company that owes delinquent taxes. (Appalachian News-Express) 

• Texas’ new law increasing penalties for protesting “critical infrastructure” applies to pipelines, ports, trucking terminals, dams, petrochemical plants, and other facilities. (Austin Monitor)
• Federal regulators give Dominion Energy approval to start operating the Eastern Market Access pipeline project in Virginia and Maryland. (Kallanish Energy)
• A lawsuit charges that energy company Targa knew its pipeline system had a problem with leaks but was unwilling to fix them, resulting in an explosion that killed a 3-year-old girl. (E&E News, subscription)

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• Oil and gas company EQT ends a lawsuit against West Virginia’s EPA over legislation on drilling leases. (WV Metro News)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice establishes a task force for the state’s petrochemical needs. (Natural Gas Intelligence, subscription)
• Federal regulators formally accept a permit application from a liquefied natural gas company to build an export terminal in Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle) 

COMMENTARY: Louisiana’s growing petrochemical industry will lead to more construction jobs, an editorial board writes. (The Advocate)

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