Southeast Energy News

Environmental group asks North Carolina to reject Duke’s rate hike settlement

RENEWABLES: As Virginia utilities prepare to comply with a new state renewable energy requirement, a recent regulatory ruling points to potential complications. (Southeast Energy News)

ALSO: The Clean Energy Roadshow in Columbus, Georgia highlights renewable energy sources that officials say can be used in the area. (WRBL)

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UTILITIES:
• Energy analysts say the Trump administration’s plan to stop the closures of coal and nuclear power plants in the Ohio Valley region will do little to solve utilities’ underlying problems and could cost consumers more. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A North Carolina environmental group asks the state to reject a rate request settlement between Duke Energy and several organizations, saying it could raise electricity rates by more than 25 percent by 2026. (WSOC)

PIPELINES:
• Part of a TransCanada natural gas pipeline that runs through northern West Virginia exploded early this morning. (CBS News/WTRF)
• More than than 20 activists have been arrested or given citations while protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and protesters say their tactics are inspired by the Civil Rights movement. (Roanoke Times)
• Environmental groups call on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to stop surveillance of anti-pipeline protesters. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• A lease agreement between a Virginia county and the Mountain Valley Pipeline for temporary storage space fails. (Smith Mountain Eagle)

OIL AND GAS:
• West Virginia files a motion to dismiss a natural gas company’s lawsuit challenging a lease law, saying the state can’t be coerced to reverse laws. (Natural Gas Intel)
• A pipeline bottleneck in the Permian Basin has caused oil companies to lose billions in combined market value. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The American Petroleum Institute launches a coalition to promote offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf and off the coast of mid-Atlantic states. (The Hill)

COAL:
• West Virginia officials say a coal miner was killed while working in a mine. (Associated Press)
• The president of the United Mine Workers of America urges doctors, lawyers and miners to rally for black lung disease benefits for former and current coal miners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

WIND:
• An Arkansas electric cooperative agrees to purchase wind power from a 100 MW wind farm in Oklahoma. (Arkansas Business)
• Technicians work out the kinks at Texas’ largest wind farm, which has been in operation since January. (Mountain View Telegraph)

SOLAR:
• A solar company wants to build a solar array in Leesburg, Georgia, where solar farms are not currently allowed. (Albany Herald)
• Sunrun will create jobs in the Tampa Bay area as the company expands its solar leasing program in Florida. (Tampa Bay Business Journal, subscription)

POLITICS: Ex-coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship officially launches his petition for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, despite being defeated in the Republican primaries in May. (USA Today)

COMMENTARY: The government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers in the energy industry, argues an editorial board. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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