Southeast Energy News

Groups sue New Orleans officials over power plant approval

OVERSIGHT: Community groups sue the New Orleans City Council, claiming the council violated state law by keeping them out of meetings before approving an Entergy power plant. (WVUE)

RENEWABLES: Harrison Godfrey, executive director of Virginia Advanced Energy Economy, says in a Q&A that Virginia’s clean energy landscape is changing rapidly. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• A southwest Virginia solar initiative receives a grant from the Department of Energy to address solar reforms at the county level. (Coalfield Progress)
• Suffolk, Virginia officials unanimously approve another solar farm in the county. (Suffolks News-Herald)
• Developers seek at least 120 workers for a solar project in Tennessee. (News Courier)

WIND:
• A Texas energy regulator says the transmission line connected to a major multi-state wind energy project is a “game changer” holding up his approval. (Utility Dive)
• A West Texas farmer invests in a major wind project and plans to invest in solar. (KTRE)

STORAGE: At a Microsoft site in Virginia, engineers test the potential of battery systems at data centers to help grid operators smooth out small spikes and drops in electric demand. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• A conservation group warns that the same conditions that caused a pipeline explosion in West Virginia — slopes prone to landslides — exist along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route. (Roanoke Times)
• West Virginia residents offer ways to improve pipeline construction and stop the taking of land through eminent domain. (WVPB)
• A West Virginia community college offers courses to help people get training certificates for pipeline jobs. (WVNS)
• Kinder Morgan reports a quarterly loss because of value loss of Oklahoma pipeline facilities. (Beaumont Enterprise)

COAL:
• A West Virginia facility that extracts valuable rare earth elements from coal waste byproducts opens its doors. (WVPB)
• A West Virginia hospital opens a black lung center that offers free help to miners who want to file federal paperwork and need testing. (WOWK)

OIL AND GAS:
• Oil and gas production in rural Texas is making people sick, according to a report from two environmental groups. (Texas Observer)
• A West Texas oil pipeline seeks bids for a major expansion. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

CARBON TAX: House Republicans, led by Majority Whip Steve Scalise from Louisiana, move quickly to kill the carbon tax bill proposed by a Florida congressman. (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of a West Virginia oil and gas group says the state needs to build more gas-fired power plants. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A Virginia farmer tells Gov. Ralph Northam that he is not ensuring pipelines are being built in a safe way. (Roanoke Times)
• The director of Sierra Club’s offshore wind energy program says it’s time for Virginia to harness its wind power potential. (Virginian-Pilot)

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