Southeast Energy News

Gulf Coast petrochemical industry braces for Hurricane Laura

HURRICANE LAURA: The Gulf Coast is preparing for Hurricane Laura, which could threaten major petrochemical hubs and areas hit by Hurricane Harvey, by cutting crude production at a rate near Hurricane Katrina levels. (Reuters, E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• As courts stall or stop major pipelines across the country, the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas is plowing ahead, despite pollution concerns. (Environmental Health News)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers ask federal regulators for another two years to complete construction. (E&E News)

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OIL & GAS:
• Natural gas development is growing in West Virginia, but opponents want renewable energy instead. (Local DVM)
Plans to build a natural gas power plant in West Virginia are cancelled, partially because of concerns about the company not hiring local workers. (WTOV)

STORAGE: Duke Energy announces it plans to add 30 MW of battery storage capacity in Florida. (Renewables Now) 

RENEWABLES: Puerto Rico energy regulators reject natural gas additions and will require the island’s utility to acquire thousands of megawatts of renewables and storage in coming years. (Greentech Media)

JOBS: North Carolina ended 2019 ranked ninth in the nation for clean energy jobs, but the industry was hit hard by job losses from the coronavirus pandemic. (Triad Business Journal, subscription) 

HYDROGEN: Dominion Energy and other utilities outline plans to increase their investment in renewable hydrogen. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: Locals and economic development officials tout a solar farm in Nolan County, Texas with 700,000 solar panels. (KRBC)

NUCLEAR: Federal nuclear safety regulators fine TVA more than $600,000 for retaliating against two whistleblowers at a Tennessee nuclear plant. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says South Carolina regulators will assuredly let Dominion Energy raise rates on customers. (Post and Courier)

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