Southeast Energy News

Eminent domain bill dies in Texas legislature

EMINENT DOMAIN: A Texas bill that would have reformed the eminent domain process fails in the legislature, though lawmakers say they will make it a top priority in future sessions. (Texas Tribune)

ALSO: Landowners in West Virginia fight Mountain Valley Pipeline developers trying to take their property via eminent domain. (The Guardian)

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SOLAR:
• A Georgia utility leads all Southeastern utilities in solar development, according to a clean energy group’s report. (Augusta Chronicle)
• Florida Power & Light is growing Florida’s utility-scale solar industry but is less supportive of distributed solar. (Miami Herald)
• A solar industry group urges Texas’ governor to extend a property tax abatement program that benefits solar companies coming to the state. (S&P Global)

RENEWABLES: A Charlottesville, Virginia, clean energy program pays off the interest rate for solar and energy efficiency projects businesses adopt. (WVIR)

WIND: A Virginia university and environmental group will host a town hall tonight about offshore wind development. (Southside Daily)

COAL ASH: Lawyers for sickened coal ash cleanup workers and a contractor accused of not protecting them from toxins get more time to resolve a lawsuit. (WBIR)

OIL & GAS:
• A natural gas storage tank in West Virginia catches fire and is extinguished with no injuries. (WVPB)
• The number of sand mines for the fracking industry continue to grow in Texas, but prices remain low as supplies outpace demand. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• A West Virginia University economist talks about the benefits of natural gas on the state’s economy. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
Natural gas outpaces coal in West Virginia, but the state hasn’t fully embraced the new fossil fuel, says a columnist. (Bloomberg)
• Georgia must prevent offshore drilling from taking place off its coast, an editorial board writes. (Savannah Morning News)
• There’s no simple, affordable option for cleaning up coal ash ponds in Alabama, and editorial board says. (Tuscaloosa News)

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