Southeast Energy News

Florida utility quietly grows into ‘green Goliath’

UTILITIES: Florida’s NextEra Energy has quietly grown into a “green Goliath” by relentlessly capitalizing on renewable energy subsidies. (Wall Street Journal)

COAL ASH: The U.S. EPA agrees to shift oversight of toxic coal ash in Oklahoma to state agencies, a first-of-its-kind move that the coal industry had sought and environmentalists opposed. (Associated Press)

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WIND: A Tulsa suburb’s city council votes to hire a law firm to help it oppose the building of the Wind Catcher Energy Project. (Tulsa World)

SOLAR:
• The results of South Carolina’s primary elections show unprecedented support for pro-solar candidates. (PV Magazine)
• South Carolina’s solar industry expects its growth will slow in the coming years without legislative changes. (Post and Courier)
• A Georgia lawn service partners with Georgia Tech to develop a mobile, solar-powered charging station for its equipment. (WMGT)
• Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is the first to get approval to offer a community solar tariff under a new state law. (Times Virginian)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators receive more than 13,000 written comments on how two natural gas pipelines will affect water bodies in the state. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia regulators issue two more water pollution violation notices to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• About 30 protesters in Roanoke chant and hold signs urging Virginia state agencies to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (WSLS 10)
• Some Virginia residents say two recent gas pipeline explosions across the country have them on edge about the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WAVY)

OIL & GAS:
• A Chinese energy firm cited a pending trade war as the reason it tabled a potential $84 billion Appalachian shale investment. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Groups opposing and supporting offshore drilling in Virginia launch efforts to sway the public and policymakers. (13 News Now)
• A West Virginia University public health researcher receives a $450,000 grant to study how airborne particles emitted from fracking affect human health. (Williamson Daily News)
• Struggling Houston offshore driller Energy XXI Gulf Coast agrees to be bought by a privately held Dallas company for $322 million. (Houston Chronicle)

CLIMATE:
• Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invested in dozens of companies that have opposed climate change regulations, records show. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A new study shows Florida stands to lose more homes and real estate value to sea level rise than any other state this century. (Miami Herald)

NUCLEAR: A state audits finds SCE&G and Santee Cooper owe $421 million in back taxes on materials bought for their failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY: For the second year in a row, heavy summer rains halt oil exploration near Florida’s Everglades, and that’s good, says a columnist. (Palm Beach Post)

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