Southeast Energy News

Federal regulators order stop to Mountain Valley Pipeline construction

PIPELINES: Federal regulators order a halt to Mountain Valley Pipeline construction a week after a court vacates a permit to construct on federal land. (Reuters)

• Environmental groups recruit volunteers to monitor Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in North Carolina, much like Virginia citizens are monitoring the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (News & Observer, Energy News Network)
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has confidence in the regulatory process for natural gas pipeline construction. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

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WIND: Dominion Energy moves forward with a plan to build two 6 MW wind turbines off the coast of Virginia by the end of 2020. (WWBT)

• As South Carolina nears its solar net metering cap, residents are left with few options to save money with renewables. (Post and Courier)
• A Tennessee company completes a solar-powered street lighting project in Puerto Rico. (WKRN)
• Construction begins on Huntington, West Virginia’s largest solar installation, which will power a homeless shelter. (Herald-Dispatch)
• A Chicago solar company plans to build a 600-acre solar farm near Tarboro, North Carolina. (The Daily Reflector)

NUCLEAR: SCE&G loses an effort to block a critical audit from being used against it in court as it seeks to charge customers for a failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

• Kentucky Power sold $17.6 million worth of excess coal to a West Virginia power plant that could not generate electricity as cheaply as facilities using natural gas. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers free black lung screenings to West Virginia miners. (WTRF)
• A coal miner sues a mining company, alleging he was fired after being suspended for questioning three days of lost pay. (West Virginia Record)

UTILITIES: The Tennessee Valley Authority CEO says the federal government shouldn’t sell the utility’s transmission assets because of high reliability and low operating costs. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL AND GAS: Developers race to build the first offshore oil export terminal in Texas to accommodate the world’s largest crude-carrying vessels. (Beaumont Enterprise)

• The CEO of Dominion Energy says offshore wind is important to the future of Virginia’s energy economy. (Virginian-Pilot)
• Coal is still an important part of West Virginia’s economy, but a report that says it will bounce back is too optimistic, an editorial board says. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)
• The executive director of a North Carolina environmental group outlines how solar-plus-storage projects are outpacing coal and natural gas in the state. (News & Observer)
• An editorial board says Louisiana will likely see a long legal saga over oil companies’ impact on the coast. (The Advocate)

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