Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy to offer solar rebates up to $6K to North Carolina homeowners

SOLAR: Duke Energy will offer North Carolina customers up to $6,000 in rebates each for home solar installations. (WUNC)

MORE: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport could become the nation’s first airport powered completely by solar energy. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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UTILITIES:
• Dominion Energy faces scrutiny from environmental groups over its political influence and environmental record as it looks to buy SCANA. (The State)
• Nearly 3 million Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power ratepayers will get money back after a massive utility regulation overhaul in Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS:
• U.S. natural gas production reached record levels last year, with Louisiana making the largest gain of any state. (San Antonio Express News)
• The trend is expected to continue: May will likely be another boom month for U.S. natural gas production. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Environmental groups sue to stop construction of a gas power plant in New Orleans. (The Louisiana Weekly)

OIL:
• BP commits to “zero net emissions growth” and says it will hold greenhouse gas emissions from its operations at or below 2015 levels. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oil and gas industry executives and workers head to the Louisiana capitol next week to lobby lawmakers and celebrate the industry. (Daily Comet)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A ban on offshore drilling moves one step closer to appearing on the Florida ballot this fall. (Tallahassee Democrat)
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has only offered a handful of clues about how his offshore drilling plan may change as states continue to protest. (E&E News)

EMISSIONS: The Tennessee House passes a bill to do away with vehicle emissions testing in six counties. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Utilities across the country, including Duke Energy look to renew nuclear plant licenses for 20 more years. (The Daily News)

COMMENTARY:  
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott should listen to the eight youth suing him over climate change by investing in renewable energy and addressing sea level rise. (Orlando Sun-Sentinel)
• Virginia can grow energy jobs and catch up with its neighbors on renewable energy with its newly passed clean energy bill, a business group says. (The Virginian-Pilot)

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