Southeast Energy News

Fredericksburg considers Virginia’s first PACE program

WIND: A retired Navy Seal seeks to open an offshore wind safety training center that could anchor Virginia’s workforce development efforts. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Fredericksburg, Virginia, considers establishing the state’s first property assessed clean energy financing program. (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
North Carolina’s attorney general supports a compromise to change how Duke Energy credits large customers for clean energy. (Charlotte Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
• A solar farm near Memphis expects to complete an information and welcome center next month with interactive exhibits on solar power. (Daily Memphian)
A Charlotte, North Carolina solar developer looks to make investments beyond the state. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

BIOGAS: Smithfield Foods plans to cover most of its hog lagoons in North Carolina to generate renewable biogas. (North Carolina Health News)

OIL & GAS:
The oil and gas industry tries to court African Americans and other minority communities to support offshore drilling. (Post and Courier)
A retired CIA officer tells Virginia oil and gas leaders that Russia may be involved in stoking protests against the industry. (Augusta Free Press)
Florida voters will get to weigh in on Trump administration efforts to allow offshore drilling in places where it’s been banned for decades. (Governing)
An ocean conservation group urges Florida voters, businesses and local governments to be more vocal in opposing offshore drilling. (Herald Tribune)
• Louisiana officials meet with Israel’s energy minister to explore a partnership that would send Louisiana drilling companies to Israel. (WAFB-TV)

PIPELINES:
• A labor union will offer training for Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction in Virginia beginning in December. (Augusta Free Press)
Houston-based Phillips 66 and its partners expand a crude oil pipeline joint venture by 100,000 barrels per day. (Houston Business Journal)

UTILITIES:
A “pivotal” hearing over SCE&G’s rates and its acquisition by Dominion Energy is scheduled for Thursday. (Charlotte Observer)
Santee Cooper says its customers deserve refunds, too, for South Carolina’s failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
Jacksonville, Florida, seeks a new leader for its city utility amid a year of turbulence, including drama over an expensive Georgia nuclear project. (Florida Times-Union)
Louisiana regulators consider proposals to reform how electric cooperatives are governed in the state. (KTBS-TV)

COAL:
The top U.S. coal miners union increases its contributions to Democratic candidates this cycle compared to the 2016 election. (Reuters)
A municipal utility in Kentucky will close a 300 MW coal plant early next year and buy power from the open market instead. (Utility Dive)

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POLICY: West Virginia lawmakers and associations discuss potential energy legislation for the state to consider after the election. (WVNews)

COMMENTARY:
• West Virginia utilities are making a power play to strangle solar at homes and businesses, an attorney writes. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A retired physicist and engineer writes that clean energy jobs are good for Virginia’s economy. (Roanoke Times)
• A South Carolina utility’s recent troubles are payback for a “decade of decadence” and fleecing of ratepayers, a columnist writes. (Post and Courier)

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