Southeast Energy News

Florida regulators approve shared solar tariff

SOLAR: A Charlottesville, Virginia, solar installer partners with the city to train and diversify its solar workforce. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Florida regulators approve Tampa Electric Company’s shared solar energy tariff that is supposed to encourage customers to transition to solar. (Utility Dive)
• A Georgia county adopts a moratorium on solar farms, saying commissioners need to develop an ordinance for projects. (WALB)
• The mayor of South Miami says he wants the city to be powered primarily by solar energy within the next 20 years. (CBS Miami)

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WIND: Wind developers rush to finish projects before federal tax credits expire at the end of the year. (Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR:
• A bill that would have revoked Walt Disney World Resort’s ability to build a nuclear power plant was killed in the Florida legislature. (Orlando Sentinel)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper takes ownership of all the equipment at its abandoned VC Summer nuclear plant. (WCBD)

RENEWABLES: Walmart has helped push clean energy policy in Georgia to boost the renewable industry. (GreenBiz)

UTILITIES:
• Customers of a Kentucky utility are on the hook for $269,000 to pay a disbanded utility trade group that challenged environmental regulations. (WFPL)
• A Duke Energy executive says South Carolina regulators are treating it unfairly because of all the “angst” about other utilities. (WRAL)

PIPELINES:
• Kinder Morgan files a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the company and Texas regulators over eminent domain. (Hays Free Press)
• Investigators for Dominion Energy do not know what ignited the recent deadly gas pipeline leak in Durham, North Carolina, or whether utility lines were properly marked, a report says. (News & Observer)
• Lawmakers in Texas consider a bill to enact stricter penalties for damaging oil and gas operations or trespassing on their property. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• Leaders of a Tennessee county say they’ll take the Tennessee Valley Authority to court so it doesn’t walk away from the soon-to-be-closed Bull Run Fossil Plant and its coal ash. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• TVA contractor Jacobs Engineering appeals a jury verdict that found it did not protect coal ash cleanup workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

EMISSIONS: The production and incineration of plastic this year will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, a report by environmental groups says. (Ohio Valley Resource)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he’s not inclined to move forward with the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan before it’s hashed out in court. (E&E News, subscription)
• NOAA Fisheries proposes spending $226 million on 18 projects aimed at restoring marine life damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia officials address road damage by the oil and gas industry, which they say will cost $2.5 billion to fix. (WV Metro News)
• The EPA says state water regulators and the oil and gas industry supports its move to relax rules on oil wastewater disposal. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Wyoming County, West Virginia, officials hope a new coal mine can spur economic growth, an editorial board writes. (Herald-Dispatch)
• Kinder Morgan’s Texas pipeline will have huge costs for Texan property owners and the environment, a water quality advocate says. (Austin American-Statesman)
• South Carolina needs a public service commission that’s tougher on monopoly utilities, an editorial board writes. (Post and Courier)

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