Southeast Energy News

Expect more coal closures — renewables are cheaper

RENEWABLES: Coal plants in states like North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will be “substantially at risk” of replacement with cheaper renewables by 2025 according to a report from a clean energy organization. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: The New Orleans City Council is looking into a renewable energy mandate for the city. (PV Magazine)

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• After a campaign by solar advocates, West Virginia regulators will gather more information about net metering before changing the rules. (CleanTechnica)
• Texas offers few incentives for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels, so growth is slow. (Houston Chronicle)
• Duke Energy will open a solar project in northern Florida that is expected to provide enough energy to power 23,000 homes. (WCJB)
• Arkansas’ largest solar project is expected to save the city of Fayetteville $6 million over 20 years. (Arkansas Money & Politics)

• A Texas House committee will consider a bill that would end noncompete agreements for oil and gas workers. (San Antonio Business Journal)
• Texas must add more than 10,000 miles of pipelines in the next three decades to be able to support the oil and gas boom, a report finds. (S&P Global)
• Oil experts believe U.S. oil exports will reach 5 million barrels a day by 2020, up another 70 percent from current levels. (Bloomberg)

POWER PLANTS: An Eastern Kentucky electricity cooperative uses 2.4 million tires each year as fuel to make energy for more than 1 million Kentucky residents. (WMKY)

• Atlantic Coast offshore drilling plans will likely be a topic this week at a confirmation hearing for Trump’s nominee to head of the Interior Department. (Saporta Report)
• South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham is chosen to be the lead sponsor of an offshore drilling ban proposal the House has committed to advancing. (The State)

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NUCLEAR: More nuclear power plants are closing, but the U.S. recently hit a record amount of energy produced by them. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Cleaning up coal ash is necessary, but shifting the cost onto Dominion ratepayers is not, an editorial board writes. (Daily Progress)

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