Southeast Energy News

Entergy to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030

EMISSIONS: Entergy pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent below 2000 levels by 2030 in the four Southern states it serves. (RTO Insider)

• The outgoing CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority is eligible for a $12.8 million payout as he leaves for a job with California utility PG&E. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• Bill Johnson improved TVA’s renewable energy capacity, but critics say he took “the public out of public power.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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SOLAR: Duke Energy opens the largest solar power project in Hamilton County, Florida. (Suwanee Democrat)

RENEWABLES: A conservative Texas foundation ramps up its campaign against renewable energy, particularly wind power. (Austin American-Statesman)

NUCLEAR: The lead contractor of South Carolina’s failed nuclear power plant files a lawsuit accusing Santee Cooper of thwarting efforts to sell equipment left at the construction site. (The State)

• For the fourth time, Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth introduces a bill to stop new or expanded mountaintop removal coal mining until the government studies its impact on human health. (Bloomberg Environment)
• Coal companies belonging to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family owe $4.3 million in delinquent debt for mine safety violations, an investigation shows. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: North Carolina House Democrats file bills to block Duke Energy from charging customers for coal ash pond cleanup. (Charlotte Observer)

PIPELINES: The pipeline boom has provided jobs for some young people in Appalachia, but many worry it won’t last. (PBS Newshour)

Two major fires at Houston petrochemical plants likely won’t lead to crackdowns on industry. (Associated Press)
• President Trump heads to Houston to announce executive orders aimed at speeding pipeline and other oil and gas projects. (Houston Chronicle)
• Attorneys representing the wife of an Oklahoma man killed in an oil rig explosion dismiss a Houston company from her lawsuit after reaching a settlement. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: An oil and gas industry group boosts its campaign to expand offshore drilling off the U.S. coasts, including Florida. (WUSF)

EMINENT DOMAIN: A bill that would offer more protections for Texas residents against eminent domain passes the state Senate. (Fox 24)

• The Louisiana coast isn’t “disappearing,” it’s being destroyed by oil and gas companies and development, a columnist writes. (Times-Picayune)
• Drilling off the coast of South Carolina is too risky, a state representative writes. (Post and Courier)
• Military bases and projects can coexist with wind farms in North Carolina, writes the president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Coastal Review Online)
• A Florida utility is helping customers better evaluate if solar power is right for them, an editorial board says. (The Ledger)

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