Southeast Energy News

FERC rulings could change solar’s path in Southeast

PURPA: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission places new limits on what projects qualify for PURPA, the 1978 federal law meant to create a level playing field for independent energy developers. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: The landmark PURPA law helped fuel solar development in North Carolina and other states, benefiting about one-third of all U.S. solar projects, but many would no longer qualify under the new rules. (Bloomberg)

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SOLAR:
• The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejects a petition to declare state solar net metering policies illegal. (Greentech Media)
• A renewables developer will build a 108 MW solar project near Pollocksville, North Carolina, expected to go online in fall of 2021. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: A Louisiana appeals court rules that the Bayou Bridge Pipeline “trampled” the rights of landowners when the company cut down trees, dug trenches and laid pipeline across properties without permission. (Courthouse News Service)

OIL & GAS:
• Georgia Tech researchers help develop a new membrane technology that could reduce carbon emissions associated with refining crude oil. (EurekaAlert)
• A Fayetteville, Arkansas, electronics manufacturer receives a $1 million federal grant to develop equipment for directional drilling. (Talk Business & Politics)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tulsa, Oklahoma, officials believe their pitch for a new Tesla factory stacks up well compared to Austin, Texas. (Tulsa World)

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GRID: A Duke Energy spokesman says there are advantages and disadvantages to burying power lines, but cost is a major deterrent. (Winston-Salem Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy group supports Florida regulators’ decision to expand energy efficiency programs, though the state should be doing more. (CleanEnergy.org)
• While the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is canceled, other dangerous fossil fuel projects in Virginia are still moving ahead, Food & Water Watch writes.

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