Southeast Energy News

Florida Republican plans to introduce carbon tax

CARBON TAX: A Florida congressman plans to introduce legislation that would pause federal climate change regulations in exchange for a carbon emissions tax. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: In a rural Virginia community where renewables have provoked backlash, a renewable energy expo offers a showcase for clean energy. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• North Carolina ranks third in solar energy growth in the U.S. but state regulations have stifled wind power, an environmental group’s report shows. (News & Observer)
• A solar cooperative will host an information session in St. Petersburg, Florida for residents this week. (WMNF)

COAL ASH: The EPA finalizes a rule to relax coal ash regulations despite high-profile spills in Tennessee and North Carolina. (Washington Post)

COAL: Failure to pay a $1 million settlement led to another lawsuit in Georgia against West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

PIPELINES:
• Federal judges reject environmental groups’ claims that a natural gas pipeline near the Texas-Mexico border was improperly approved. (E&E News, subscription)
• Landowners in Franklin County, Virginia complain of runoff on their property from Mountain Valley Pipeline construction. (WSLS)

OIL AND GAS:
• An oil and gas company may build an export terminal offshore of Texas to expand deliveries to Asia and Europe. (Natural Gas Intel)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he believes a proposed $83 billion natural gas deal with a Chinese energy company will be back on after trade tensions between the U.S. and China ease. (WV News)
• If it were a country, Texas would be the world’s third largest oil producer, according to a recent investment bank report. (WSLS)

UTILITIES:
• Kanawha County, West Virginia ramps up its fight against Appalachian Power over utility rate hikes. (WV News)
• Duke Energy will participate in a $2.6 million effort to develop technologies that forecast solar power production. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

POLITICS: Richard Ojeda, a pro-coal Democrat running for Congress in West Virginia, gains steam in his campaign. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says President Trump is trying to pitch America as a natural gas exporter for Russia and other countries. (Roanoke Times)
• Talk of a major energy deal between West Virginia and China has quieted since President Trump’s trade war with China, an editorial board argues. (State Journal)

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