Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy shuts down Virginia nuclear plant before hurricane hits

NUCLEAR: Duke Energy shuts down its North Carolina nuclear plant in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. (Charlotte Business Journal)

MORE: Nuclear plants in Virginia and North Carolina are vulnerable to storm surges and heavy flooding, the Union of Concerned Scientists says. (CityLab)

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RENEWABLES:
• A group of Virginia businesses, universities and healthcare institutions ask Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration for more flexibility in buying energy from alternative suppliers. (Energy News Network)
• The Sierra Club recognizes Fayetteville, North Carolina for its commitment to power with 100 percent clean energy. (Fayetteville Flyer)

SOLAR:
• Virginia regulators approve Dominion Energy’s pilot program to allow  residential and commercial customers to buy blocks of up to 100 kWh of energy from several solar farms. (Virginia Mercury)
• The Miami-Dade County Commission passes a resolution to improve the solar installation permitting process. (South Florida Times)
• The Southeast accounted for 40 percent of new U.S. utility-scale solar capacity in 2017, according to a new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: Homeowners in West Virginia and across the U.S. are increasingly turning to solar-plus-storage to keep the lights on during extreme storms. (U.S. News & World Report)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas company launches a platform for high-resolution screenings of oil and gas assets that can be used without sending surveyors into the field. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• Under a new bill, Gulf Coast states would get a larger share of the revenue paid by oil, gas and other energy companies in the Gulf of Mexico. (Times-Picayune)
• Oil and gas industry investors debate whether to continue pumping money into oil fields or if the fracking boom should slow down. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A right-leaning think tank files an appeal siding with Mountain Valley Pipeline pipeline opponents, saying regulators’ approval process routinely violates landowners’ constitutional rights. (E&E News)

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UTILITIES: Energy industry leaders tell Oklahoma utility executives they should be flexible with renewable energy and other emerging energy technologies. (News OK, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump keeps touting coal in conservative states like West Virginia where renewable energy is more economical and voters are ready to make the switch, a columnist writes. (MarketWatch)
• Extracting rare earth metals found in coal ash could be a way for coal companies to make a profit and reduce waste, scientists say. (The Conversation)
• The massive amounts of wastewater from oil and gas drilling can be recycled and reused safely, two researchers say. (Dallas Morning News)

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