Southeast Energy News

Duke Energy will let large customers get renewables from other producers

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy will roll out a new program in October that lets large customers buy solar or wind energy from independent power producers. (BPR)

ALSO: Appalachian Power customers in Virginia can purchase 100% of their electricity from renewable resources. (Daily Energy Insider)

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SOLAR:
• Two developers commission South Carolina’s largest solar project yet, a 106 MW farm. (PV Tech)
• A Virginia community weighs a proposal for a 20 MW solar farm. (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily)
• A Lubbock, Texas, utility says the number of homes using solar panels has doubled since March, from 43 to over 100. (Everything Lubbock)

EMISSIONS: Texas needs to do more to implement statewide efficiency programs to reduce carbon emissions and create incentives for efficient technologies, an environmental group says. (San Antonio Express-News)

GRID: Experts question how the electric grid in Texas, with its thin margin of backup power, worked as energy supplies were pushed to their limits this month. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: TVA’s board of directors approves measures to get a lower-carbon mix for the utility company. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear regulators visit the Savannah River nuclear site during a meeting in South Carolina about the industry. (Aiken Standard)

COAL: A government audit on mine safety penalties showed mines that changed ownership had worse safety records than those with the same owner. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: At a public meeting, Tennessee Valley Authority’s board offers sympathy to sickened or dying coal ash cleanup workers but doesn’t offer pay for their medical benefits. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES:
• A worker who survived a pipeline explosion in Texas urges regulators to prevent others with safety regulations. (KTRK)
• A pipeline company plans to have two pipelines in Kentucky damaged in an explosion earlier this month up and running by September. (WDRB)
• Pipeline incidents have killed five people in Kentucky in 20 years, raising concerns about safety trainings and inspections. (WFPL)

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas interests push back on legislation that would help protect an endangered lizard’s habitat from development. (Austin American-Statesman)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has not fully rebounded since the oil crash five years ago. (NOLA.com)

COMMENTARY:
• The Mountain Valley Pipeline is uniquely risky because it’s being routed over terrain with high landslide risk, a hydrologist says. (Virginia Mercury)
• Even though Texas is the nation’s largest carbon emitter, it could be a leader in clean energy as the climate changes, a reporter says. (Texas Monthly)

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