Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy to start building N.C. microgrid

MICROGRIDS: Duke Energy will begin construction soon on one of its first large solar-plus-storage microgrids in the North Carolina mountains to supply backup power to a small town. (WFAE)

WIND: The Texas Senate votes to extend a tax abatement program for wind power projects that was on the chopping block this year. (Austin American-Statesman)

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SOLAR:
• Georgia Power adds solar to its portfolio to offset the closure of uneconomical coal plants. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A West Texas electric cooperative joins four others to purchase 7 MW of community solar. (KCBD)
• A Virginia county is set to vote on a solar project today. (Staunton News Leader)

COAL:
• As federal mine regulators prepared to sue West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family companies for not paying fines, the companies sued them first, claiming the government reneged on an agreement. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• New research shows that a surge in black lung disease among coal miners could partially be from a shift in mining technology several decades ago. (Gizmodo)

COAL ASH: A Texas ranching family is embroiled in a bitter battle over toxic coal ash contaminating land around their property. (Yale 360)

OIL & GAS:
• Despite the Permian Basin oil and gas boom, methane emissions do not appear to have significantly increased, according to federal data. (Carlsbad Current Argus)
• An influx of oil and gas workers have revitalized the community of Balmorhea in West Texas. (Texas Standard)
• The cost of drilling a shale oil well in the U.S. falls to a low of $50 per barrel, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS: Developers plan to build the world’s largest plant to remove carbon dioxide from the air in West Texas. (E&E News, subscription)

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UTILITIES:
• South Carolina lawmakers will wait until 2020 to decide on the sale of Santee Cooper, leaving the utility’s more than 1,600 employees in limbo until then. (The State)
• Florida regulators will allow Duke Energy to use $650 million from federal tax reform to make repairs from Hurricane Irma. (Spectrum News 13)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas’ deregulation of oil and gas companies has harmed public health, the environment, and the economy, a clean energy advocate writes. (The Hill)
• Solar energy would bring more jobs and boost Florida’s economy more than the state’s planned toll roads, an environmental advocate says. (Gainesville Sun)

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