Southeast Energy News

Duke University delays gas plant, looks to pig waste to power campus

BIOGAS: Duke University indefinitely delays a proposed controversial gas power plant on campus, shifting its focus to biogas captured from pig manure to meet its climate change goal. (Southeast Energy News)

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SOLAR:
• In a surprise move and under pressure from the state’s major utilities, the South Carolina House kills a bill that would have expanded rooftop solar; one lawmaker says utilities “are showing the people of South Carolina that they run this state.” (Post and Courier)
• Virginia’s capacity to generate solar electricity is expected to triple over the next five years, according to a national industry report. (Virginian-Pilot)
• An insurance company sells a product to Virginia projects that guarantees as much as 95 percent of a solar farm’s expected output. (Bloomberg)
• A North Carolina energy storage project is an example of improved solar panel efficiency. (CleanTechnica)

NATURAL GAS: U.S natural gas production reaches a record-high volume, with Louisiana and the Appalachian region leading the way. (Natural Gas Intel)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• Georgia officials approve a program that lets Google, Walmart, Target and others buy renewable energy directly from Georgia Power. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• Google starts construction on $600 million facility in Alabama that will be powered with 100 percent renewable energy. (Birmingham Business Journal)

POLITICS: Convicted ex-Massey CEO Don Blankenship, now running for a West Virginia U.S. Senate seat, fails to turn in a required disclosure of his personal finances. (Charleston Mail-Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines’ construction in West Virginia is moving forward after tree felling during the winter. (WV Metro News)
• The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the state’s Public Service Commission hold safety seminars to keep pipeline workers abreast of new rules. (Charleston Mail-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• President Trump’s trade war with China could seriously wound West Virginia’s energy sector, says a Forbes columnist.
• Southern Company’s announcement that it has a no-carbon pollution goal could reshape public policy across the Southeast if it is met, says a columnist. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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