Southeast Energy News

Gulf of Mexico drilling bids remain at historic lows

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A lease sale for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico generated $178 million in high bids from oil and gas companies, but bidding still remains near historic lows. (Daily Comet)

MORE: A national coalition backed by state and federal oil industry groups pushes offshore drilling in Tallahassee, Florida. (Fox 35 Orlando)

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SOLAR:
As solar prices become competitive with fossil fuels, member-owned electric cooperatives in Virginia begin to embrace renewables. (Energy News Network)
Solar energy becomes increasingly popular among Florida residents who want to lower their power bills. (CBS Miami)
Tampa Electric plans to open one of four new solar projects next month that will generate 74.4 MW of energy. (Tampa Bay Times)
Wells Fargo says it will fund a 52 MW solar project in Florida that is set to be completed by the end of the year. (Renewables Now)
Suffolk, Virginia officials approve the city’s third solar farm. (Suffolk News-Herald)

NUCLEAR: Attorneys for SCE&G customers say the South Carolina utility should refund $452 million it collected over the past year for its failed nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
Dominion Energy pushes federal regulators to allow continued work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia and North Carolina while environmentalists urge them to cease all construction. (Roanoke Times)
The head of Jefferson National Forest is temporarily reassigned to the U.S. Forest Service’s regional office in Atlanta in the midst of controversy over plans to run a natural gas pipeline through the forest. (Daily Progress)

OIL AND GAS:
As oil field workload increases in West Texas, so have the number of accidents injuring or killing workers. (KWES)
Texas environmental regulators should coordinate oil refinery shutdowns during major storms to avoid air pollution releases like what happened during Hurricane Harvey, an environmental group’s report says. (Reuters)

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WIND: U.S. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) wins a wind leadership award from Tri Global Energy. (North American Windpower)

COMMENTARY:
An editorial board argues that federal and state agencies should focus on retraining coal miners because coal jobs aren’t coming back. (Grayson Journal-Enquirer)
Texas landowners should anticipate they will be visited by solar development companies, says a real estate lawyer. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

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