Southeast Energy News

Energy industry pushes biogas to replace failed pipeline projects

BIOGAS: With several major pipeline projects canceled and natural gas being banned in some cities, some energy companies are pushing to develop renewable natural gas from cow manure. (Houston Chronicle) 

COAL ASH: The EPA relaxes guidelines for disposing of coal ash and wastewater from coal-fired power plants, which critics say could allow more pollutants into waterways. (Wall Street Journal)

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OIL & GAS: 
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he will defer to economic development officials on whether to approve a $5.6 million state loan guarantee for a proposed natural gas power plant despite his doubts about its viability. (Weirton Daily Times)
• Cheniere Energy restarts operations at its liquefied natural gas plant in Louisiana after reporting minimal damage from Hurricane Laura. (Houston Chronicle)
• The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association steps down to become  a regional director for the American Petroleum Institute. (Daily Advertiser)

NUCLEAR: Santee Cooper finalizes a settlement over its failed South Carolina nuclear project that will enable the utility to sell off leftover parts and materials. (Post and Courier)

WIND: Dominion Energy purchases a crane for the vessel that will be used to build offshore wind installations. (Offshorewind.biz)

UTILITIES:
• Memphis may get cheaper wholesale electricity if it splits from TVA, but bond rating agencies say the city’s bond rating could be hurt. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• A federally funded program could help households with older Floridians get energy bill assistance during the pandemic. (Apopka Voice)
• Knoxville utility regulators say a federal grant will help struggling customers pay their utility bills. (WATE)
• Duke Energy customers in North Carolina will see monthly bills slightly reduced starting this week, although regulators are considering a rate hike for the utility next year. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental group says Duke Energy and its partners have pulled the plug on about $11.6 billion in failed projects since 2013. (Environmental Working Group)
• A former congressman challenges Florida elected officials and candidates to speak out against Trump’s plan to open up offshore drilling. (Tampa Bay Times)

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