Southeast Energy News

Going solar is about to get more expensive in Kentucky

SOLAR: Next year, the tax credit for solar in Kentucky will drop from 30% to 26%; rates for net metering under a new law have yet to be determined. (WFPL) 

ALSO:
• A solar company withdraws its application to build a project in Culpeper County, Virginia, where some residents are fighting to keep solar out. (InsideNoVa)
• Documents show the Florida Municipal Power Agency wants to increase monthly fixed solar fees to as high as $50, an environmental institute claims. (Solar Industry)

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HURRICANE DORIAN: Duke Energy shuts down a nuclear plant near coastal North Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (S&P Global) 

UTILITIES:
• An update to Duke Energy’s long-term plan includes some solar and storage, but doubles down on natural gas and plans to keep coal plants online. (PV Magazine)
• Tampa Bay utilities ask regulators to decrease residential customers’ bills for next year because of low natural gas costs. (Tampa Bay Times) 

WIND: Ultra-tall wind turbines are promising, but there are few in use in the U.S., with the largest one in Texas. (Greentech Media)

EMISSIONS: The plastics industry, booming because of the growth of the petrochemical industry, accounts for a quarter of Houston’s industrial air pollution. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast pipeline contest federal regulators’ allegations of unsafe construction practices. (E&E News, subscription)
• For a year, a number of protesters have staged tree sit-ins to block construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• Presidential candidate and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro tells a Texas group he wants to phase out fracking as part of climate plan. (San Antonio Express-News)
• Oil producers and suppliers are cutting budgets, workers and production goals as forecasts show that oil and gas prices will stay low for years. (Reuters)

COAL:
• A Kentucky coal miner dies in a mining accident. (Courier & Press)
• Virginia is awarding $10 million in grants to projects that reclaim abandoned coal mines. (Associated Press)
• The president of the United Mine Workers of America says that the coal industry is not “back,” despite President Trump’s claims. (CNN)

COAL ASH: A Tennessee county reopens a park after testing revealed concentrations of less than 1% of coal ash in the soil around it from the 2008 coal ash spill. (WVLT)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Democrats consider pushing for an offshore drilling ban when Congress reconvenes next week. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Bus systems in Texas and Mexico are switching to natural gas instead of diesel, an energy reporter says. (Houston Chronicle)
• Wind energy is bringing jobs and low-cost, reliable power to Texas, an industry executive writes. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)

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