Southeast Energy News

Gulf Power may have to rebuild after Hurricane Michael

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Gulf Power says it may have to rebuild its electric system in the areas most damaged by Hurricane Michael because of the “unprecedented” nature of the storm. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Gulf of Mexico oil producers begin to return crews to 90 offshore facilities after Hurricane Michael, which halted 42 percent of oil output and nearly a third of natural gas production. (Reuters)

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STORAGE: Duke Energy’s plan for spending $500 million on battery storage in the Carolinas does not refer to contracted deals or any sort of binding commitment. (Greentech Media)

• A Texas community holds a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar array at its wastewater treatment plant. (KXXV)
• A community solar program meeting is held in Georgia, where solar developers disagree over pricing claims. (Morgan County Citizen)
• Solar Alliance offers a solar-plus-storage system for new home builders in Tennessee and other Southeastern states. (news release)
• Florida Power & Light starts building a solar farm that will double as a protected native plant and wildlife preserve. (news release)
• Florida’s aviation regulators and utilities commission explore a partnership to bring solar energy to Orlando’s airport. (Solar Industry)

NUCLEAR: SCANA’s former chief executive was paid $1.8 million to consult on the utility’s failed nuclear project without ever filing progress reports or time cards showing his hours worked, documents show. (News & Observer)

UTILITIES: Memphis could save up to $500 million a year if its utility bought electricity from an Alabama nuclear plant instead of the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Memphis Flyer)

PIPELINES: TransCanada tells U.S. energy regulators the Mountaineer XPress Pipeline is now in service in West Virginia. (Reuters)

• Westmoreland Coal Company, one of the country’s largest coal companies, files bankruptcy in a Texas court. (WVPB)
• East Kentucky Power Cooperative begins $262 million in work to ensure its coal-fired power plant remains in compliance with more stringent environmental rules. (WMKY)
• The Appalachian Regional Commission awards $26.5 million to nine states to help struggling coal communities. (Associated Press)

• Uniontown, Alabama residents say city officials dodge meetings about their grievances over coal ash and other pollution. (Herald-Mail Media)
• A poll shows majority approval among respondents in North Carolina for increased regulation for coal ash, hog farms, and development in flood-prone areas. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A growing share of Texas oil production is going overseas, and price swings may be the only thing that slows it down. (Houston Chronicle)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling has turned what should be an easy Republican win into a competitive race in a South Carolina district. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Burying power lines might not solve the problem of storm damage for utilities, a University of Florida professor says. (The Conversation)

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