Southeast Energy News

Former regulator: Kentucky’s net metering bill unfair, confusing

NET METERING: The former head of Kentucky’s Public Service Commission says a bill that would curb solar power is unfair and confusing, as the proposal continues to prompt heated debate in the state Senate. (Courier-Journal; E&E News, subscription)

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COAL:
• Duke Energy tells shareholders it could be out of the coal business within 30 years, which will involve the development of new carbon-free technologies. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• Coal plant closures are expected to outpace new construction by 2022, but that still might not be enough to meet international emission goals. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

COAL ASH: Critics say Alabama’s proposed coal ash regulations are weaker than federal rules and have too many loopholes that would allow groundwater pollution to go on indefinitely. (AL.com)

SOLAR: A South Carolina lawmaker says his proposal to require utilities to buy wholesale power from small, independent power producers would help utilities and customers. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Cheniere Energy says federal regulators overstated the danger posed by leaks from tanks at its Sabine Pass facility in Louisiana and that there was no public threat. (E&E News)

POLITICS: The main U.S. coal miners’ union will endorse two Democrats running for Congress in West Virginia, a boost for Democrats trying to win over a constituency that voted heavily for President Trump. (Reuters)

WIND: An environmental group’s report says the majority of the Atlantic Coast states have offshore wind potential that exceeds their electricity consumption. (Windpower Engineering)

EMISSIONS: Clean air advocates in Tennessee say rolling back EPA standards would hurt the state’s burgeoning auto manufacturing industry by reducing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

UTILITIES: A city auditor says Jacksonville, Florida, could net between $1.7 billion and $5.2 billion by selling city-owned utility JEA; that’s less than estimates from the utility’s consultant. (Florida Times-Union)

POWER LINES: Most Miami Beach residents surveyed want Florida Power & Light to bury more power lines to protect them from tropical storms. (Miami New Times)

COMMENTARY:
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline hasn’t received final approval, but it may already be violating permits, an environmental policy analyst says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Microsoft’s largest-ever corporate purchase of solar energy could boost Virginia from a straggler to leader in solar deployment. (Blue Virginia)

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