Southeast Energy News

Florida regulars approve nation’s largest community solar plan

SOLAR: Florida regulators approve a $1.8 billion community solar plan by Florida Power & Light that the utility says would be the largest such program in the country, adding 20 projects by mid-2021. (Miami Herald)

ALSO:
A rural northern Virginia school’s solar project is the state’s first to be certified by a recently launched pollinator-smart solar program. (Energy News Network)
West Virginia takes another small step toward renewable energy as the House passes a bill giving utilities incentive to set up limited solar projects. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Solar developers begin to take more interest in Kentucky as the state slowly opens up to more project proposals. (Greentech Media)
Halifax County, Virginia, officials approve a permit for a solar project, with plans to make it safe for wildlife and more aesthetically pleasing. (Gazette-Virginian)

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WIND:
Wind power generated 40% of electricity in Oklahoma in 2019, following only natural gas, according to a report by an energy group. (Oklahoman)
A renewable energy company brings a 151 MW wind farm online in Texas that will produce enough power for over 45,000 homes. (Renewables Now)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy settles with an electric vehicle charging company to expand its equipment and pricing options for a $76 million North Carolina pilot project. (Utility Dive)

GRID: San Antonio, Texas, is building a modernized electric grid with its municipal utility at the helm. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Accidents spiked and safety inspections decreased in 2018 and 2019 as the Trump administration relaxed offshore drilling regulations, according to a report by a progressive think tank. (NOLA.com)

OIL & GAS: Virginia environmental groups plan public sessions about concerns over two major natural gas projects proposed in the state. (Fauquier Times)

POLITICS: The U.S. Senate begins debating a sweeping energy measure sponsored by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. (West Virginia Metro News)

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UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers signal they want to sell utility Santee Cooper to NextEra but want a better deal. (The State)

COMMENTARY: Republican attitudes about coal ash appear to be shifting as rural constituents pressure lawmakers, a journalist writes. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 

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