Southeast Energy News

First electric school buses roll out for Virginia initiative

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A central Virginia bus company unveils the first of 50 electric school buses scheduled for delivery across the state as part of a Dominion Energy initiative. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

• A Georgia “smart city” issues a request for proposals to build more charging stations and other infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Smart Cities World)
• A new Volkswagen headquarters in Northern Virginia will include 300 electric vehicle chargers. (Virginia Business)

• Entergy prepares a 20 MW solar plant in eastern New Orleans for launch next month. (Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate)
• A Virginia company announces plans for an $85 million, 100 MW South Carolina solar farm that should be operational by 2023. (Times and Democrat)
• A county in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley approves a permit for a 32-acre solar facility that could be running by 2021. (Northern Virginia Daily)
• Another Shenandoah Valley county delays its decision on a solar farm permit for the second time in as many months. (WHSV)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Florida city becomes the 11th city in the state to pass a resolution committing to 100% clean energy, for city government by 2035 and for the entire community by 2050. (Space Coast Daily)

• The city of Austin uses its permitting process to negotiate the future of a planned electrical substation that also sits on a proposed greenway extension. (Austin Monitor)
• Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in a western North Carolina state senate race refer to Duke Energy as a “monopoly” during a debate, and call for it to shift to wind and solar power. (Smoky Mountain Times)

WIND: Southwest Power Pool, which manages the power grid and wholesale markets across 17 states, says it expects wind to be its biggest electricity generator during the coming year. (Arkansas Business)

• A Louisiana ballot measure could exempt oil and gas projects from property taxes forever in return for smaller up-front payments. (Drilled News)
• Texas Republicans focus on Joe Biden’s debate remark about a transition from oil as their closing argument to voters in what has become a presidential and congressional battleground state. (Texas Tribune)
• The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has disrupted offshore oil companies more than any year since 2008, according to a report by an energy research firm. (Beaumont Enterprise)

COMMENTARY: Texas may produce oil and gas, but it has become a global leader in renewables, writes the founder of a social media platform for women in the energy industry. (USA Today)

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