Southeast Energy News

Groups sue Louisiana over pipeline protest law

SOLAR: Women are underrepresented in solar jobs, but they’re succeeding in multiple roles despite often lacking engineering and construction experience. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A Virginia county denies a special-use permit for a proposed utility-scale solar farm. (Staunton News Leader)
• A South Carolina county will get a solar farm that could power up to 18,000 homes. (The State)
• An Arkansas town plans to build a second solar project that will power all its government buildings with solar energy. (Courier News)

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PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups and protestors file a lawsuit challenging a Louisiana law that makes trespassing near pipelines a criminal offense, and the state attorney general says he will “vigorously defend” the law. (Reuters, Associated Press)
• The U.S. solicitor general asks the Supreme Court for a one-month extension to file an appeal of a circuit court decision preventing Dominion Energy from building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Reuters)

COAL:
At a Southern coal conference, industry executives were realistic about the decline of coal — but an Energy Department representative blamed “censorship” and environmental activism. (InsideClimate News)
• A coal company will host a job fair in Pikeville, Kentucky, next week to fill underground and surface mining positions. (WTVQ)

WIND:
• A Virginia university and environmental group will host a town hall meeting on offshore wind development next week. (Associated Press)
• A wind turbine collapses at an Oklahoma wind farm. (Enid News & Eagle)
• Wind energy executives say the fossil fuel industry is ramping up its efforts to “hobble the wind industry.” (Windpower Monthly)

NET METERING: Arkansas recorded the largest annual increase in the number of net metering systems ever in the state, according to a recent clean energy group’s report. (Camden News)

RENEWABLES: Athens, Georgia, commits to getting 100% of its power from clean energy by 2035. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: At a stockholders meeting, the Southern Company CEO praises the Plant Vogtle project and talks about a low-carbon future. (WABE)  

EMINENT DOMAIN: The Texas House approves a stripped down version of a Senate bill that aims to better protect landowners during the eminent domain process. (Texas Tribune)

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OIL & GAS:
• Saudi Arabia wants to buy 5 million tons of liquified natural gas per year from a Texas project under development. (CNN)
• The Texas Pacific Land Trust, formed in the late 19th century to manage millions of acres, is now the focal point of a fierce shareholder battle in the energy sector. (Houston Chronicle)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice touts improvements in a county where the oil and gas industry has severely degraded road conditions, and oil and gas industry groups say they’ve contributed $110 million over the last five years. (WV Metro News, WTRF)

COMMENTARY: A solar workgroup in Southwest Virginia is being recognized in a national competition for their innovative designs, a Virginia solar advocate says. (Appalachian Voices)

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