Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy push to set multi-year rates hits roadblock

PIPELINES: Environmental groups file a petition to revoke a key water quality certificate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in North Carolina, using a little-known administrative rule that lets state officials cancel the certificate if conditions change. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Two U.S. oil companies challenge a pipeline operator’s proposed surcharge for President Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imported steel. (Reuters)
• Pipeline operator Lotus Midstream may reverse flows on a line sending crude oil from West Texas to Cushing, Oklahoma, because of price changes. (Reuters)

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UTILITIES:
• The North Carolina House amends legislation that would allow Duke Energy to set multi-year rates and bypass regulatory hurdles, saying the issue should be studied until next spring. (Associated Press)
Two Texas energy companies merge, raising concerns about consolidation of the retail electricity market. (Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS: North Carolina’s clean energy plan calls for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 60% and 70% by 2030. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy says it is moving ahead with plans to let large energy users select and negotiate prices and terms with renewable energy installers under a 2017 North Carolina law. (Associated Press)
• Walmart sues Tesla for “gross negligence,” alleging that it installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. (Associated Press)
• Robinson, Texas, will soon get its first solar farm as investment in the central part of the state increases. (Texas Standard)
• A South Carolina man is arrested in connection with fraudulently obtaining funds from customers for installing solar panels, and then not completing the work. (WLTX)
• An Arkansas county starts operating its first solar array, which will help power public buildings. (KATV)

STORAGE: An energy storage company acquires eight wind projects in Texas and plans to add on-site battery storage. (Energy Storage News)

OIL & GAS:
• The oil and gas industry is shying away from donating to President Trump’s 2020 campaign. (Houston Chronicle)
• As the Permian Basin oil boom continues, the town of Odessa grapples with how to keep up. (Reuters)
• A Louisiana liquefied natural gas plant contests a $41,000 fine for a leak the day after a visit from President Trump. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• The number of coal jobs in Kentucky dropped significantly in the second quarter of 2019, according to state data. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Court documents show that bankrupt coal company Blackjewel agrees to halt the movement of coal in Virginia and Kentucky in response to federal labor officials trying to stop coal sales until miners get paid. (WCYB)
• As the coal industry struggles under President Trump, miners fight for black lung disease and pension benefits. (NBC) 

COAL ASH: Duke Energy continues to face criticism about its plans to cap coal ash in place in North Carolina instead of excavate it. (Daily Tar Heel)

COMMENTARY: A Texas Oil and Gas Association executive outlines how the industry is preparing for hurricane season. (Caller Times)

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