Southeast Energy News

Georgia to invest $150 million in rural solar projects

SOLAR: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces the state will invest $150 million in three solar projects in rural Early County. (Valdosta Today)

ALSO:
• Changes to Virginia law have allowed the solar industry to flourish: there are now more solar jobs in the state than coal jobs. (WVTF)
• A renewable energy company’s solar project in Texas is expected to create 500 construction jobs and $60 million in property taxes. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• The Arkansas Senate approves a bill that would allow third-party financing for customers who install solar panels. (Arkansas Business)
• A Jacksonville, Florida utility signs power purchase agreements to buy solar from a renewable energy company. (PV Tech)
• The Florida A&M University board votes to advance plans for an 800-acre proposed solar farm in Florida. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A small solar farm by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is powering homes and diversifying the region’s economy. (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)

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MICROGRIDS: Georgia Power and Georgia Tech will build a 1.4 MW microgrid in Atlanta. (Atlanta Business Journal, subscription)

RENEWABLES: The Republican mayor of Georgetown, Texas talks about the Green New Deal and transitioning the town to 100 percent renewable energy. (Frontline)

OIL & GAS:  
• An energy company considers building a second area for supertankers at its Gulf Coast export facility because of high oil and gas demand. (Reuters)
• The U.S. will soon export more oil and liquids than Saudi Arabia. (OilPrice.com)

COAL: A coal miner dies in a mining accident in West Virginia. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: The contractor accused of exposing coal ash cleanup workers to toxic coal ash during the 2008 Tennessee spill asks TVA and other contractors to help pay legal bills and possible damages. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham blows an air horn during a House subcommittee hearing to demonstrate how disturbing seismic testing in the ocean could be for marine life. (Post and Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• Cutting West Virginia’s coal severance tax is a mistake, an editorial board says. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Texas regulators have made moves to protect the state’s competitive electricity market, an environmental group says. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• Consumers rights guarantees that keep utilities from penalizing solar customers are moving forward in South Carolina and should throughout the U.S., a policy advisor writes. (Environmental Working Group)

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