Southeast Energy News

Florida voters add offshore drilling ban to constitution

MIDTERMS: Florida voters approve a constitutional amendment to ban offshore oil and gas drilling near the state’s coast. (Pensacola News Journal)

ALSO:
• Republican Carol Miller defeats Democrat Richard Ojeda in a West Virginia U.S. House race that had pit the fossil fuel industry against mining unions. (Huffington Post, The Intercept)
Republican Christi Craddick wins re-election to the Railroad Commission of Texas, which oversees oil and gas operations. (Midland Reporter Telegram)
• Two Republicans were on track to defeat challengers in a race for Georgia Public Service Commission. (Marietta Daily Journal)

EMISSIONS: In a rare moment of regulatory unity, Texas joins California in opposing the EPA’s plan to exempt coal-fired power plants from an air pollution permitting program. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
Tennessee Valley Authority will build a 277 MW solar farm in Alabama to provide the utility with more clean energy. (Times Daily)
• Pasco County, Florida homeowners file lawsuits against Tampa Electric over a large solar project proposed by the utility. (WUSF)

STORAGE: Texas energy companies file comments with state regulators arguing transmission and distribution utilities cannot legally own battery storage under state rules. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: The CEO of Tennessee Valley Authority tells Memphis officials a nuclear proposal is too risky, but advised the city utility to not leave TVA. (Memphis Business Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES: The grassroots battle by environmental groups and landowners against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline heats up. (Mic)

OIL & GAS:
• An energy company plans to restart a 30,000-barrel-per-day natural gas fractionator plant in Louisiana. (The Advocate)
• Texas’ comptroller says higher oil and natural gas prices and production will help the state’s budget in 2019. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)
• Two oil and gas companies plan to sell their joint Gulf of Mexico exploration  venture for $2 billion. (Reuters)

COAL ASH:
A jury deliberates on whether workers sickened after cleaning up the nation’s largest coal ash spill suffered harm because of work conditions. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Scientists test 33 Iredell County, North Carolina schools for coal ash contamination. (WSCO)

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