Southeast Energy News

Florida regulators reject utilities’ proposed energy efficiency cuts

UTILITIES: Florida regulators reject utilities’ plans to slash energy efficiency programs but will allow them to begin a process of charging customers for storm preparedness efforts like burying power lines. (Tampa Bay Times) 

ELECTIONS:
• Democrats take control of Virginia’s legislature, paving the way for the state to join a cap-and-trade program and boost renewable energy. (E&E News, subscription)
• Knoxville, Tennessee, elects a new mayor, Indya Kincannon, who ran on a platform about clean energy and climate change. (WATE)

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CLIMATE:
• There’s renewed momentum among some Florida lawmakers this legislative session to address climate change and invest in renewable energy. (The Ledger)
• Georgetown, South Carolina, is struggling to figure out a way forward after a coal plant closed and concerns about climate change rise. (PBS Newshour)

OIL & GAS:
• A measure to ban fracking in Florida eases through a Senate committee but is likely to hit roadblocks during the legislative session. (Pensacola News Journal)
• Houston company Tellurian plans to begin construction soon on the largest liquefied natural gas project in Louisiana. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES:
• Con Ed, a co-owner of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, says it is scaling back its investment in the project. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription)
• For months, Texas hill country landowners have fought to stop the Permian Highway Pipeline from being built on their land, worried more pipelines will follow. (Texas Observer)

WIND: A group of technology companies led by Apple enter into an agreement to buy 75 MW of power from a wind farm in Texas. (Renewables Now)

COAL: Bob Murray, former CEO of Murray Energy, may be one of the last coal barons in the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• North Carolina Senators should heed the calls of state leaders and constituents and block offshore drilling, a columnist says. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• The Trump administration’s decision to roll back coal ash rules means they support pollution in North Carolina, an editorial board says. (Star News Online)
• Virginia is setting itself up for success with a shared vision among leaders for offshore wind energy potential, a former Army Corps commander writes. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• North Carolina leaders have contradicting standards when it comes to approving pipelines, says an editorial board. (News & Observer)

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