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)

UTILITIES:
• 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)

COAL:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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