Southeast Energy News

Exxon will use renewables to help power Texas oil operations

CORRECTION: Officials denied a permit for a solar project on a former landfill in Lee County, Illinois. An item in Wednesday’s digest misidentified it as Lee County, Georgia.

RENEWABLES: Exxon will buy 500 MW of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin to produce crude oil, making it the largest renewable contract ever signed by an oil company. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
• The South Carolina Supreme Court rules Gov. Henry McMaster can appoint a chairperson for the board of Santee Cooper without approval from the legislature. (Associated Press)
• Santee Cooper wants to weigh in before SCE&G settles a lawsuit with customers over a failed nuclear project, saying a rushed deal could harm the company and ratepayers. (Post and Courier)

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SOLAR:
• The military’s push for solar power at bases like Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, loses steam under the Trump administration. (McClatchy DC)
• A large solar project about to come online in Sherman, Texas, will power 10 percent of homes in the city next year. (KXII)
• Chinese solar company JinkoSolar launches pilot production at its Jacksonville, Florida, manufacturing facility. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• A 100 MW solar farm in North Carolina is slated for construction next year. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

STORAGE: A South Korean company plans to build a battery plant in Georgia, which will create 2,000 jobs. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers still expect the project to be completed at the end of 2019 despite setbacks. (Reuters)
• Pipeline protesters deliver murky water from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction sites to state officials to draw attention to water quality concerns. (WSLS)
• Virginia Natural Gas refuses Norfolk city officials’ request to delay construction of a natural gas pipeline because of safety concerns. (Virginian Pilot)

COAL: Republicans release a tax bill that would extend for another year the black lung fund tax coal companies pay to provide medical benefits for miners and their families. (WKMS)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia natural gas owners attend a town hall to discuss how the state is failing to collect tax dollars owed to them for royalties. (Dominion Post)
• Texas’ oil and gas surge has lead to a building boom along the Gulf Coast, but many worry about the vulnerability of communities because of pollution and climate change. (Texas Tribune)
Oil and gas jobs around Houma, Louisiana are up by about 100 over last year, a new report shows. (Houma Today)

OVERSIGHT: The Oklahoma governor’s pick for the state’s energy cabinet is supported by the oil and gas industry and worked under former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt at the EPA. (Journal Record)

POLITICS: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offers to meet with environmental activists who want to stop him from leading Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Texas and Mexico should work together on renewable energy projects, an engineering professor says. (Dallas Morning News)

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