Southeast Energy News

Federal delays stymie states’ offshore wind aspirations

WIND:
• Federal regulators are proceeding cautiously with offshore wind, which may slow state efforts in Virginia and North Carolina to expand it. (E&E News)
• A renewable energy company conducts an offshore wind survey off the coast of North Carolina. (Coastal Review Online)
• Duke Energy deploys bat deterrents at 255 wind turbines in Texas. (North American Windpower)

SOLAR:
• A Florida consumer advocate asks regulators to hold a hearing about Florida Power & Light’s plan to add 20 solar projects. (News4Jax)
• Dominion Energy says it wants to expand solar in Virginia, requesting proposals for two small-scale projects. (WSET)
• An energy company sells some of its power from a Texas solar farm to a snack company whose brands include Oreo. (Solar Industry)
• A manufacturer announces its North Carolina factory is powered by 100% renewable energy. (Solar Industry)

UTILITIES:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority will use solar and natural gas to replace its aging coal fleet, according to its 20-year power plan. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Virginia regulators approve a long-term plan by Dominion Energy that could increase average residential electric bills by $18 a month in 2023. (Associated Press)
• Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s 2018 electricity rates were the lowest in the country among major investor-owned utilities, according to a report. (Oklahoman)

COAL:
• The surface mining industry’s compliance rate with federal rules drops, with only 57% of Kentucky permits free of violations in the most recent evaluation. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), criticizes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking an amendment that secured coal miners healthcare and pensions. (WV Metro News)
• The cleanup of a coal train derailment in a Virginia swamp will likely take weeks. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: For the third time in three months, a protestor arrested at a Mountain Valley Pipeline worksite has been charged with a felony. (WV Metro News)

OIL & GAS:
• An evacuation order is lifted after a natural gas leak in Charleston, West Virginia. (WSAZ)
• Texas oil producers in a survey express pessimism about the future of their businesses. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• The Permian Basin will add more oil and gas disposal wells to address the growing waste from the oil boom. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

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