Southeast Energy News

Florida utility’s efficiency program helps less than 1% of customers

EFFICIENCY: Florida Power & Light’s energy efficiency program has helped less than 1% of households cut energy use, and even fewer people who qualify for its low-income program. (Sun Sentinel)

EMISSIONS: Under a draft plan released by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration, North Carolina would cap carbon emissions from power plants and accelerate coal-fired plant closures. (WRAL) 

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GRID: California was hotter than Texas last week, but Texas had the higher electricity prices, in part because of its isolated grid and lower solar capacity. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: A Florida Power & Light executive outlines plans for its expansion of solar energy, including a project in St. Johns County. (St. Augustine Record)

RENEWABLES: Duke Energy hopes to award contracts for up to 680 MW of renewable energy projects in the Carolinas, less than originally proposed. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

• The price to build and operate a wind farm is now lower than buying fuel for a natural gas plant, according to the Energy Department. (Ars Technica)
• Whether they’re retired or refurbished, dealing with Oklahoma’s many aging wind turbines will be expensive. (Journal Record)

• Natural gas development brings benefits and concerns to people in West Virginia. (WVPB)
• A longtime West Virginia reporter talks about the similarities between the coal and natural gas industries. (WVPB)
• Some Texas residents raise concerns about the construction of LNG plants along the coast. (CBS 4)
• Employment in Houston slows down as the energy sector starts to struggle. (Houston Chronicle)

• Oil companies have persuaded lawmakers in several states to make pipeline protesting a felony. (Bloomberg)
• Two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters are arrested after chaining themselves to equipment at a worksite in Virginia. (WDBJ)
• Kentucky’s attorney general wants to expand a complaint over a utility’s proposal to build a pipeline through an arboretum. (WFPL)
• A Kentucky gas pipeline that exploded and killed a person has a history of deadly accidents. (Courier Journal, subscription)

• Larger coal plants that are major carbon emitters, like Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise plant in Kentucky, are beginning to close. (E&E News)
• President Trump hasn’t boosted the coal industry in West Virginia, but voters still rally around him (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: TVA contractor Jacobs Engineering loses its request to appeal a lawsuit by sickened coal ash cleanup workers accusing them of failing to protect them. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• Florida Power & Light is trying to confuse customers about electricity deregulation, a former utility regulator and state representative says. (Sun Sentinel)
• A columnist asks: why are other Southern states installing more solar than Tennessee? (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• North Carolina is poised to be a leader on clean energy and climate change action, an environmental group says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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