Southeast Energy News

Environmental groups sue over Gulf of Mexico drilling plans

Correction: A commentary summary in Thursday’s newsletter mischaracterized the writer’s main argument, that we should be cautious about nuclear power despite its potential climate benefits.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A North Carolina bill would allow electric vehicle charging stations to resell kilowatt-hours purchased from a utility, which advocates say would spur the industry’s growth. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Three environmental groups sue the federal government over its plan to sell leases this month for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

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HYDRO: The U.S. Forest Service shuts down plans to build a pump storage hydroelectric project on federal land in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light asks state regulators to approve a community solar program in which customers pay a monthly charge and receive credits for savings. (CBS 12)
• Texas added the second most solar capacity — nearly 1,000 MW — behind California in 2018. (Houston Chronicle)
• Despite a slide in solar additions, North Carolina still ranks as one of the nation’s leading states for solar energy. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Culpeper County, Virginia planning commissioners will soon get a first look at a controversial proposed 80 MW solar farm. (Roanoke Times)
• Toyota could help spur demand for solar with a major project in Pikeville, Kentucky. (WEKU)
• Developers withdraw a solar project application before some Powhatan County, Virginia officials vote against it. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Spotsylvania County, Virginia officials dig into details of a controversial solar farm planned for the area. (Free Lance-Star)

RENEWABLES: Energy Secretary Rick Perry commends Texas for its rapidly growing renewable energy market. (Houston Public Media)

OIL & GAS: Mississippi will spend more than $23 million in BP oil spill money on projects like oyster plants and infrastructure. (Mississippi Clarion-Ledger)

COAL:
• Two men are accused of stealing equipment from an electrical transformer at a coal mine in West Virginia. (Associated Press)
• Alabama’s coal industry is expected to grow after exporting 11 million tons of met coal in 2018. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES: A West Virginia gas pipeline company will pay $3.7 million in overtime and damages to employees. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY:
• We should be cautious about nuclear power despite its potential role in addressing climate change, a Duke University professor writes. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority needs to transition to renewables faster, an environmental advocate says. (Chattanooga Pulse)

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