Southeast Energy News

Georgia regulators advance plans for biomass plant

BIOMASS: Georgia regulators will let Georgia Power accept bids for a new 50 MW biomass plant despite objections from environmental groups who say the plan doesn’t make economic sense for customers. (Georgia Recorder)

RENEWABLES: Walmart is weighing in more frequently with Florida regulators on issues that affect its energy bills, especially when it comes to renewable energy. (Tampa Bay Times)

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PIPELINES:
• Pipeline opponents celebrate the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and stalling of other projects, but natural gas projects will continue for some time. (Daily Yonder)
• The energy landscape is shifting throughout the Southeast, helping pipeline opponents’ cases against big projects. (The Revelator)

OIL & GAS: The Texas oil and gas industry hosts an online summit about how to move the industry forward during and after the pandemic. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

SOLAR:
• A utility-scale solar-plus-storage developer closes on $282 million in financing for two solar projects in Texas that will deliver power to Anheuser-Busch. (Solar Industry)
• Construction begins on a major solar-plus-utility storage project near Dallas, Texas. (Solar Power World)
• A West Virginia county weighs a potential solar project, with some officials raising concerns about how it will affect the coal industry. (WOAY)

COAL: Duke Energy Florida’s share of generation coming from coal fell to 8.1% in June, down from the 10% that was expected for the month and from 9.4% in May. (S&P Global)

COAL ASH: TVA is launching a website Thursday with information about its updated plans for the future of Bull Run Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (WATE)

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UTILITIES:
• North Carolina regulators will start joint hearings next week on Duke Energy’s rate hike requests. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Florida regulators want to be briefed this week on how the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted utility customers. (Tampa Bay Business Journal, subscription)
• A group protests Bryan Texas Utilities’ decision to resume disconnections during the pandemic, and local nonprofits are helping people pay their bills. (Bryan-College Station Eagle, KBTX)
• A Huntsville, Alabama, utility is donating to organizations that serve the homeless and other charities to help them pay utility bills. (WZDX) 

CLIMATE: Internal Facebook documents reveal that the office of a Louisiana congressman asked the company to reverse a fact-check on an article containing misinformation about climate change. (Heated)

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