Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy will fight N.C. coal ash cleanup order

WIND: U.S. wind developers announce a record number of projects during the first quarter, with Texas leading the nation, according to a wind industry group’s report. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH:
• Duke Energy appeals an order from North Carolina regulators to dig up and remove all of its coal ash from unlined storage sites. (WUNC)
• North Carolina’s attorney general asks the state Supreme Court to overturn regulators’ decision to let Duke Energy bill customers for coal ash cleanup. (Charlotte Observer)
• A North Carolina county sets a May date for a public meeting on coal ash sites and thyroid cancer hotspots. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

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SOLAR:
Texas lags in rooftop solar because there is no net metering law and electricity is already cheap, according to a report from the Dallas Fed. (Axios)
• Solar industry leaders hail West Virginia’s potential for solar energy at an annual meeting last week. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A West Virginia solar company completes its largest solar installation to date in Huntington. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

PIPELINES: A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester in West Virginia is charged with felony threat of terrorist acts after chaining himself to a piece of equipment. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Mississippi will get $31.7 million for 2018 federal royalties from Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas drilling. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• An environmental study for a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Texas says it could cause significant impacts, through some could be mitigated. (Houston Chronicle)
• The nation’s active rig count falls below 1,000 for the first time in a year as drilling activity dips in Texas. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• Some Greeley, Texas businesses say the influx of oil and gas workers are helping their business. (Greeley Tribune)
• Midland, Texas scrambles to figure out how to survive the oil and gas boom. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION: Plans for a high speed rail in Texas hit a snag as opponents oppose developers’ potential use of eminent domain. (City Lab)

UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers consider letting another utility take over Santee Cooper’s management to cut costs and produce cheaper power. (The State)

TRANSMISSION: The Florida Senate passes a bill that would require utilities to make a 10-year-plan to strengthen and bury power lines. (WWSB)

COMMENTARY:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority is committed to ensuring public and employee safety, writes the utility’s new CEO. (Tennessean)
• South Carolina lawmakers need to make sure they take public interest into consideration when deciding whether to sell Santee Cooper, writes an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. (Post and Courier)

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