Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy seeks bids for large solar farms in North Carolina

SOLAR: Duke Energy seeks bids for solar farms in North Carolina that can generate 680 megawatts, or enough to power about 100,000 homes. (WFAE)

• Five North Carolina schools receive grants to install solar panels that will serve as educational tools and provide enough energy to power a school’s main office. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A Sarasota, Florida solar cooperative selects an installer for a bulk-purchasing program. (Herald-Tribune)
• A Charlottesville, Virginia car dealership generates 93 percent of its power with a 480-panel solar superstructure. (WMRA)
• Oil and gas company MMEX says it will use solar energy to help power an oil refinery in Texas. (Business Insider, press release)

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• Coal companies tied to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice plan to hire 150 employees at three surface mines in Eastern Kentucky. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The Trump administration appoints an aide to Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) as deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and carbon management. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina coal ash facility needs closer monitoring for possible groundwater contamination, according to an environmental group’s report. (News & Observer)

• Two local Virginia governments ask Mountain Valley Pipeline developers to reimburse them for police activity related to protests around the construction. (WSLS)

WIND: A North Carolina wind farm doesn’t interfere with a Naval radar system, but the company shouldn’t expand as originally planned, according to a new study. (Virginian-Pilot)

UTILITIES: Georgia Power customers will receive the second of three $25 credits on their monthly bills this month for the Vogtle plant construction. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: In a sign that offshore drilling is emerging as a major topic in South Carolina politics, three coastal mayors endorsed Democrat Joe Cunningham in his run for Congress. (Post and Courier)

• South Carolina Rep. Nathan Ballentine says the state legislature has given utilities another win by failing to approve renewable energy measures. (The State)
• A veteran says the most important issue at the ballot box in Florida is renewable energy policy. (Sunshine State News)
• Texas export businesses like solar panel manufacturers and oil and gas companies could hold some weight over President Trump’s tariff decisions, a business columnist writes. (Dallas Morning News)

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