Southeast Energy News

Florida regulators approve rate hike to cover solar projects

SOLAR: Florida regulators approve Tampa Electric’s plan to raise rates to cover the cost of its solar projects, adding about $1 a month to the average customer bill. (Florida Politics)

• Tampa Electric also gets approval to build two large solar projects in Hillsborough County that total about 150 MW. (WUSF)
• Target wants to put rooftop solar panels on 500 stores and other properties by 2020, including in Jacksonville, Florida. (Jacksonville Daily Record)
• Wells Fargo will power 400 of its Texas locations with solar energy. (Solar Power World)
• PJM Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) will continue to be “hot markets” for renewables, with potential competition in Southern markets, according to analysts. (Utility Dive)

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NUCLEAR: The manager of a South Carolina nuclear waste processing site says it was a “very successful” nuclear cleanup project. (Aiken Standard)

OVERSIGHT: Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will resign, President Trump announces in Texas. (NPR)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan Houston starts construction on a controversial natural gas pipeline that is proposed to run through Texas Hill Country. (Houston Chronicle)

• Kentucky Power files an application with state regulators to extend a program to help coal companies and coal processing businesses reopen. (Daily Energy Insider)
• As the amount of coal produced in the U.S. dips lower, experts expect more massive layoffs of miners. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: Material found falling from the sky last month near Tennessee Valley Authority’s Bull Run power plant in Tennessee was soil, according to state regulators, with little to no traces of coal ash. (WBIR)

• An energy company opens a new natural gas-fired power plant in Mississippi. (T&D World)
• The Sierra Club asks Mississippi regulators to reject proposed upgrades at a coal-fired power plant. (Mississippi Today)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Gulf Coast oil and gas producers are closely monitoring a potential tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY: Delaying construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is costing North Carolinians more, says an energy industry group leader. (Fayetteville Observer)

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