Southeast Energy News

Dominion’s five new solar projects to support Facebook

EMISSIONS: Even if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vetoes a Republican amendment to block the state from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the General Assembly will still have leverage to shape how the state participates in it. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy announces plans to acquire or build five solar projects in North Carolina and Virginia to support Facebook’s operations. (PV Magazine)
• A Texas county approves a tax abatement plan for a large solar project. (Corsicana Daily Sun)
• The San Antonio area’s second-largest solar array comes online at an Ikea. (San Antonio Express-News)

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EFFICIENCY:
• The University of North Alabama partners with an energy company to cut energy costs on campus by 20%. (Energy Manager Today)
• A 47-story office building in Texas with high-efficiency lighting, reflective roofing, and EV charging stations aims to be among the nation’s most sustainable buildings. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Greensboro, North Carolina adds 10 electric buses to its fleet. (Yale Climate Connections)

RENEWABLES:
• Environmental groups struggle to figure out how to power Florida with renewable energy by 2050. (WJCT)
• The Texas legislature considers bills that would direct grid managers to study how to change market design to compensate for low-cost renewable energy. (My San Antonio)

WIND: A trailer carrying a generator for a wind turbine collapses in Oklahoma. (News on 6)

UTILITIES: A proposed amendment that would give Florida residents more choice over their energy provider causes controversy among state lawmakers, utility companies, and industry groups. (WUSF)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia environmental regulators cancel a public hearing for a pipeline because of “security concerns” and then quietly issues a permit for it. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A county, city, and property owners file a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan and Texas energy regulators to try to stop a gas pipeline from crossing their land. (Houston Chronicle)
• A Louisiana environmental group files a complaint against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, saying it began operations without filing an approved emergency response plan. (Times-Picayune)
• Tree-sitters in Virginia continue to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (UNC Media Hub)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia business and industry executives discuss long-term plans for natural gas development in the state. (WV News)
• A Texas company plans to build landfills for oilfield waste in the Permian Basin. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

COAL ASH:
• TVA asks for public comment on changes to its plans for the closure of a coal ash facility at a Tennessee power plant. (Oak Ridge Today)
• Scientists discover a North Carolina county’s well water has contaminants found in coal ash. (Progressive Pulse)

COMMENTARY: A Florida utility’s rate plan curtails solar development in an area where many homeowners want to make the switch, a solar advocate writes. (The Ledger)

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