Southeast Energy News

Florida utility starts building 10 new solar projects

EFFICIENCY: Dominion Energy needs to spend much more on energy efficiency programs in order to hit a state mandate in Virginia, advocates say. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light starts construction on 10 solar projects that are expected to start generating power by 2020. (Herald Tribune)
• A Virginia county that recently voted down a utility-scale solar project meets with another developer about potentially building one. (Staunton News Leader)
• Solar panels are becoming a viable option for homes and businesses in Texas. (KRISTV)
• A South Carolina county approves five new solar projects that will bring 25 jobs to the area. (Times-News)

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RENEWABLES: By switching to 100% renewable energy, Dallas will reduce energy costs by almost $80 million over 10 years. (PV Tech)

NUCLEAR: Under Florida law, Disney World could build its own nuclear reactor, but many say it’s unlikely. (Pacific Standard)

COAL ASH: Environmental advocates urge Alabama Power to move coal ash away from the Coosa River. (Gadsden Times)

WIND:
• Developers want to connect wind farms in Texas with power lines, but they’re a hard sell, particularly among landowners. (Houston Chronicle)
• Wind industry executives discuss the state of the industry in Texas. (Power Engineering)

UTILITIES: A group of policy experts form a coalition to push a deregulated energy market in Virginia and end Dominion Energy’s monopoly. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• Texas regulators issue more than $300,000 in fines for oil and gas companies. (World Oil)
• A Louisiana lawmaker pulls a bill that would let oil, gas, and other industrial facilities keep certain environmental violations secret. (WNNO)
• Federal regulators approve construction of a fourth train at a liquefied natural gas plant in Texas. (Construction Dive)
• Heavy rains force the closure of an Oklahoma oil pipeline and refinery. (Reuters)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A Shell deepwater oil field in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana begins production ahead of schedule. (Oil & Gas Journal)
The Trump administration’s top offshore drilling regulator talks about the state of the U.S. oil and gas industry and offshore drilling in Louisiana, his home state. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy policy expert writes that small advanced nuclear reactors are advancing faster than many anticipated. (Greentech Media)
• As tax credits for renewables eventually phase out, wind and solar energy will have to compete, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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