Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy says it needs renewables and nuclear to be carbon-free

SOLAR: A 2016 agreement between Appalachian Power and southwest Virginia municipalities supersedes the state’s new solar law, capping net-metered systems at 3 MW for schools and government entities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Solar module manufacturer Q Cells, which has a plant in Georgia, now owns the largest share of both the commercial and residential solar module markets in the U.S. (PV Magazine)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority contracts 212 MW of solar projects in Tennessee and Mississippi to supply power to the Knoxville Utilities Board. (Renewables Now)

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EMISSIONS: In a new report, Duke Energy says its future electricity mix needs to rely heavily on renewables and nuclear energy, with some natural gas, to reach its 2050 goal of being carbon neutral. (Axios)

GRID: Dominion Energy files a petition with Virginia regulators for the approval of its distribution grid projects that were previously rejected. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Ships are performing geophysical studies at the site of Dominion Energy and Ørsted’s 2,600 MW wind farm off the coast of Virginia. (Workboat)

OIL & GAS:
• Lawmakers pressure the White House to turn away about 20 Saudi Arabian supertankers carrying more than 40 million barrels of crude oil to the Gulf of Mexico. (Washington Post)
• Many oil and gas producers in Texas and other states are continuing work despite the pandemic and oil market crash. (Grist)

PIPELINES: Pipe covered in a toxic anti-corrosion coating has been sitting uncovered at a Kinder Morgan pipeline stockyard in Texas for nearly a year, and there are no regulations to determine if it is degraded. (KXAN) 

COMMENTARY: The Supreme Court heard Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline opponents argue for an end to FERC’s “tolling orders,” which allow construction to begin before court challenges can proceed — a practice that is unfair, environmental lawyers say. (SELC)

 

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