Southeast Energy News

Google turns to solar for Southeast data centers

SOLAR: Google will partner with Tennessee Valley Authority to power two data centers with two solar projects totaling up to 413 MW in Alabama and Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ALSO:
Florida Power & Light says it will install 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. (Sun Sentinel)
NextEra Energy announces plans to expand solar in Florida and other parts of the Southeast. (E&E News, subscription)
• A 57 MW solar project with enough energy to power more than 9,000 homes comes online in South Carolina. (news release, Solar Power World)
• The Orlando Utility Commission wants to add 100 MW of solar energy to its grid by 2020. (WFTV)

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RENEWABLES:
• A Virginia congressman who helped advance offshore wind in the state legislature pushes Congress to keep up with states on clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• Renewable energy jobs are one of Texas’ fastest-growing sectors, according to a new study by CareerBuilder. (Dallas Morning News)

COAL: Six out of nine coal barges remain in the Ohio River after crashing into a bridge three weeks ago. (WDRB)

COAL ASH:
• Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants into groundwater, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project. (Reuters)
• North Carolina regulators hold public meetings to discuss how coal ash should be cleaned up at six Duke Energy facilities across the state. (WFAE)

PIPELINES:
• An extended public comment period means Mountain Valley Pipeline developers have to wait longer for a permit to dig through streams and wetlands in West Virginia. (Roanoke Times)
• FERC gives Columbia Transmission approval to start service on part of the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline in West Virginia. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas lawmaker introduces a sweeping reform package that aims to hold natural gas companies accountable and protect the public from gas leak explosions. (Dallas Morning News)
• West Virginia officials say gas production is expected to increase through 2024, but at a slower pace than it has been. (S&P Global)
• Texas lawmakers push legislation that would boost funding for cross-border pipelines and gas distribution. (Natural Gas Intel, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A tri-state shale coalition between West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio is helping the region compete, writes a West Virginia businessman. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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