Southeast Energy News

Dominion will close 10 coal and gas-fired power plants

COAL: Dominion Energy plans to retire 10 older and less efficient coal and gas-fired power plant units  in Virginia because they can no longer compete profitably. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A Kentucky coal investor is offering to buy TVA’s Paradise power plant, but the utility hasn’t said if it’s for sale yet. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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SOLAR:
• Black South Carolina lawmakers raise concerns about the lack of diversity in the state’s solar industry. (Post and Courier)
• A Virginia church goes solar and tries to convince others in the region to do the same. (Suffolk News-Herald)
• Duke Energy files a proposal with Florida regulators to build three more solar projects. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
• A Texas county reaches an agreement to move forward with a solar project after weeks of discussion. (Graham Leader)

BIOGAS: A West Virginia plant that turns household waste into fuel is now in operation. (Herald-Mail Media)

EFFICIENCY: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam presses Dominion Energy’s CEO to “fully act” on a commitment to spend $870 million on energy efficiency. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• The number of pipeline and storage projects to move oil to the Gulf Coast has dwindled as producers cut spending. (Reuters)
• Texas’ oil and gas industry can be better prepared for cyber attacks, one expert says. (Houston Public Media)
• Restrictions continue at America’s busiest energy port after a massive petrochemical fire near Houston. (Reuters)
• A Florida House committee voted to advance Gov. Ron DeSantis’ controversial fracking ban bill. (Sunshine State News)

EMISSIONS: BP says it will commit $100 million to fund new emissions reduction projects in its oil and gas business. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers say they are still committed to completing the project even if they have hit some legal setbacks and may need an alternative plan. (Robesonian, E&E news, subscription)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers sue a third property owner in North Carolina over access to build on their property. (Times-News)

COAL ASH: Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen tells TVA its coal ash cleanup plan at a power plant in Memphis is taking too long. (Memphis Flyer)

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UTILITIES:
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper is under fire because of its plans to pay top executives $511,000 in bonuses over the next nine months. (Charlotte Observer)
• South Carolina lawmakers advance a bill that would allow the legislature to hire advisers who can negotiate the sale of Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: Virginia can cut emissions and meet electricity demand while lowering electricity prices by taking advantage of renewables, an energy advocate says. (Roanoke Times)

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