Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy agrees to temporarily reinstate net metering in S.C.

NET METERING: Duke Energy reaches an agreement with South Carolina environmentalists and solar advocates to reinstate net metering until next spring. (The State)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. Energy Department recognizes Orange County, Florida for making solar power easier and more affordable for customers. (Apopka Voice)
• A Tullahoma, Tennessee utility is a step closer to building a solar farm after months of delay from federal regulations. (Tullahoma News)
• Duke Energy expects to add 4,300 MW of solar in the Carolinas, but solar won’t make up a larger percentage of its energy mix by 2033. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Currituck County, North Carolina officials permit a new solar farm and move to revisit zoning to allow certain solar projects after an 18-month ban. (Coastal Review Online)

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RENEWABLES: NextEra Energy will buy 10 wind projects and one solar project totaling 1,388 MW in states including Oklahoma and Texas. (North American Windpower)

PIPELINES:
• Two more protesters stage a tree sit-in along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• North Carolina lawmakers create a subcommittee to probe Gov. Roy Cooper’s involvement with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Carolina Journal)
• Kinder Morgan authorizes the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline project to transport natural gas from West Texas to Houston and other hubs. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new documentary argues that transitioning to electric cars in Kentucky coal country is easier than people think. (WMKY)

OIL AND GAS: Offshore oil production shows the first signs of a turnaround as crude prices hover near $70 a barrel. (Houston Chronicle)

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UTILITIES: Virginia regulators say it’s still unclear whether a cap on carbon emissions would make renewable energy more economical for utilities or raise rates for customers. (News & Advance)

COMMENTARY:
• The leader of the Kentucky Coal Association says big technology companies need to stop claiming they are 100 percent renewable when the electricity grids use coal. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• West Virginia lawmakers need to adopt renewable energy-friendly policies so that the state isn’t left behind, argues a solar program leader. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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