Southeast Energy News

FERC divided on climate impacts, reinstates pipelines projects

PIPELINES: FERC reinstates permits for the Sabal Trail and Southeast Market pipelines, after a federal appeals court ruled last year the commission failed to adequately consider climate impacts. (E&E News)

MORE:
• A federal appeals court lifts a judge’s order that temporarily stopped construction on a portion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline that runs through an environmentally fragile Louisiana swamp. (Associated Press)
• Colonial Pipeline will pay Alabama $3.3 million in damages and penalties from a 2016 explosion and spill. (Reuters)
• North Carolina Democratic lawmakers want Republicans to find funds to help businesses connect to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Activists with the “keep it in the ground movement” focus on stopping pipelines from being built to inhibit transportation. (NPR)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Florida remains in the administration’s offshore drilling plans, despite earlier promises to the contrary. (Platts)
• Zinke says the first draft of the offshore drilling plan will be released this fall. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

SOLAR:
• Utilities in the Southeast are an indicator of changes happening in the nation’s power sector around solar. (Utility Dive)
• New solar projects helped North Carolina solidify its second place position among the top U.S. solar states in 2017. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Florida was the third-fastest growing solar state in 2017,  with an increase of 109 percent, according to a new report. (Palm Beach Post)
• The United States will install less solar power than previously expected following President Trump’s import tariffs, according to a new report. (CNBC)

COAL ASH: Residents of historically black Lambert’s Point, Virginia, say they’ve been fighting coal dust in their community for years but are unheard. (ThinkProgress)

EXPORTS: Improvements to a Louisiana pipeline system will help U.S. efforts to get liquefied natural gas to the export market. (UPI)

RATES: The Kentucky Public Service Commission says utility franchise fees imposed by local governments should be passed through to customers. (Kentucky Press News Service)

COMMENTARY:
• The net metering bill being considered by Kentucky lawmakers “breeds intentional uncertainty and comes wrapped in unnecessary, legislative red tape,” says a Solar Energy Industries Association official. (State Journal)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper has made bad business decisions for years without being held accountable, says the CEO of the state’s Small Business Chamber of Commerce. (The State)

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