Southeast Energy News

Gas flaring increases despite companies’ emission pledges

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas companies cite progress in curbing gas flaring, but data shows they’ve significantly increased flaring and venting of natural gas and greenhouse gases. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Students and activists push for Houston to become the “energy capital of the world” by using renewables, not oil and gas. (Texas Standard)
• Growing power demand in the Permian Basin prompts officials and grid managers to expedite planning and construction of transmission projects. (S&P Global)

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SOLAR:
• A solar industry group solicited campaign contributions for a North Carolina Republican legislator after he took action on a bill the group opposed. (WBTV)
• Sumter County, Georgia, officials agree to move forward with a nearly 10,000-acre solar farm despite major debate about the project. (WTOC)
• Solar company Cypress Creek Renewables is ramping up development of solar projects in South Carolina. (PV Magazine)
• An Alabama utility installs solar panels on a building as part of a research project in each of its member communities. (Valley Times-News)
• South Carolina utility regulators hear arguments over how it should interpret a new law designed to boost solar competition, pitting utilities against solar developers. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utilities are stepping in to help cities prepare to electrify transportation and move projects more quickly. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators order all construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline to stop except for stabilization and restoration work. (Virginia Mercury)
• Three Texas cities join environmental groups in threatening to sue two federal agencies over Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway Pipeline. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL:
Lessons from Germany’s former coal mining region could help Appalachia restore the environment and transition to a new economy. (Southerly, Scalawag, EHN)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other senators join miners in demanding Congress take action to protect miners’ pension and healthcare. (WDTV)
• Two Alabama utility regulators signed their name to a letter sent to federal regulators on behalf of a coal lobbying firm. (Alabama Political Reporter) 

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