Southeast Energy News

Duke bets big on battery storage in Florida

STORAGE: Duke Energy announces three battery storage projects in Florida to store 22 MW of power, part of a larger goal to install 50 MW of storage. (Tampa Bay Times)

SOLAR:
• Five electric cooperatives in Texas sign agreements to purchase 7 MW of solar. (Austin American-Statesman)
• A Florida county votes to participate in a small-scale solar project. (The Independent Florida Alligator)
• A solar company wants to build an additional six solar projects in a South Carolina county. (SC Now)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two Kentucky utilities add three public electric vehicle charging stations around the Louisville area. (Louisville Business First)

EMISSIONS: The Tennessee Valley Authority plans deeper cuts to its carbon emissions — 70% by 2030, according to its CEO. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Federal regulators say a Kentucky coal miner died because the company did not have effective methods in place to protect employees from being hit by moving equipment. (Lexington Herald Leader)

COAL ASH: Coal ash has repeatedly spilled and gone untreated in a North Carolina lake, according to a new study by a Duke University scientist. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• FERC receives several applications for pipelines to connect to natural gas plants that replaced coal-fired plants. (S&P Global)
• The Trump administration joins some state lawmakers’ calls to treat pipeline protests as federal offenses, pushing for even stricter sentencing. (Politico)
Landslides from pipeline construction in Appalachia have caused explosions and other problems, concerning residents. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: An environmental group fights a set of oil and gas sales in the Permian Basin, including a record-breaking auction. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy challenges South Carolina regulators on new rate hikes the company says aren’t high enough. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas’ unregulated electric market has allowed the grid to work well so far, but the state could see power shortages this summer, an editorial board says. (Dallas Morning News)
• There’s no public need for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a proposed natural gas plant in eastern North Carolina, an environmental activist writes. (Fayetteville Observer)

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