Southeast Energy News

From pig farm to pipeline: N.C. project aims to scale hog waste energy

BIOGAS: A new North Carolina project is helping Duke Energy meet a mandate to generate a small portion of its power from pig waste, with developers hoping it can serve as a model for others across rural America. (Southeast Energy News)

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CO-TENANCY:
• West Virginia’s new co-tenancy law is expected to aid natural gas development, but exactly how significant its impact will be remains unclear. (Natural Gas Intel)
• Another new West Virginia law requires oil and gas companies to disclose to royalty owners how much oil or gas is produced from their land and explain deductions from payments. (WV News)

UTILITIES:
• Mon Power customers in West Virginia should not expect changes to their electricity service related to FirstEnergy’s bankruptcy filing. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Greentech Media)
• The clean energy unit of Florida-based NextEra Energy is selling its renewables portfolio in Canada in a $1.27 billion deal. (Electric Power & Light)

PIPELINES:
• West Virginia environmental regulators launch a webpage with maps of pipeline routes and a database of inspections for five proposed or under-construction natural gas pipelines. (Associated Press)
• A second tree-sit protest over the Mountain Valley Pipeline begins in Virginia, following a now weeks-long tree sit in West Virginia. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Job training for work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is slated to begin in North Carolina. (Reflector)

SOLAR:
• Virginia officials schedule three public hearings for a proposed 500 MW solar facility. (Free Lance-Star)
• A $142 billion bank will power its branches via a North Carolina solar farm. (Triangle Business Journal, subscription)
• A Charleston, South Carolina, solar energy company wants to build 17 solar farms in the state. (SC Now)

EMISSIONS: The EPA moves to weaken fuel economy standards for automobiles, which were one of former President Barack Obama’s biggest efforts to combat climate change. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Arkansas Sierra Club says renewable energy’s rise is inevitable despite the demise of the Clean Line project. (Arkansas Times)

OVERSIGHT: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam reappoints the state’s long-serving DEQ director, drawing criticism from environmentalists. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: South Carolina lawmakers should oppose two oil-friendly bills that have the potential to bring irreparable harm to the coast and offshore waters, says an editorial. (Post and Courier)

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