Southeast Energy News

Duke, Dominion issue $1.3 billion in green bonds

BIOGAS: North Carolina poultry farmers face less pressure and have fewer incentives than hog farmers to convert animal waste into renewable natural gas. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Duke and Dominion Energy issue more than $1.3 billion in green bonds and say they plan to finance clean energy projects. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Solar projects built on farmland are on the rise but facing pushback in states like North Carolina and Florida. (Axios)
• Environmentalists praise TVA’s new solar project but want better deals and rates for customers adopting renewable energy. (WUTC)

WIND: A Danish wind turbine blade company will expand its New Orleans office into a center to test design and build techniques. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Thousands of West Virginians say natural gas producers have cut the size of royalty checks promised to them. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A new study strengthens the links between earthquakes and drilling for wastewater disposal by oil and gas companies. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: Some Cumberland County, North Carolina residents protest Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction. (Fayetteville Observer)

COAL: West Virginia University receives a grant to study mine safety technology and training. (WV News)

COAL ASH:
• Environmental groups find documents showing Alabama Power planned to dig out a coal ash pond in 2016 but instead chose a less expensive option of covering it in place. (AL.com)
• Workers poisoned from cleaning up TVA’s Kingston coal ash disaster are still searching for justice a decade later. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

TRANSMISSION: Kentucky regulators conditionally approve a $2.5 million power line to a proposed aluminum mill but ask developers to assure its financial viability first. (Lexington Herald Leader)

CLIMATE: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida officials seek damages from oil and gas companies for the billions of dollars the city has to spend to adapt to climate change. (Florida Record)

POLITICS: West Virginia state senator Richard Ojeda, whose platform for a failed Congressional bid focused on coal miner advocacy, announces he will run for president in 2020. (The Intercept)

COMMENTARY: Consensus finally emerges behind utility-scale solar in Georgia and across the Southeast, an editor writes. (PV Magazine)

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