Southeast Energy News

High stakes for South Carolina utility sale

UTILITIES: South Carolina lawmakers say they want as many details as possible about the 15 bids for buying utility utility Santee Cooper. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A consultant says South Carolina could get more electricity from renewables and lower bills for consumers by selling Santee Cooper. (E&E News, subscription)
Frustrated South Carolina lawmakers say Dominion Energy owes ratepayers refunds and isn’t showing up to meetings after buying utility SCANA. (WJBF)
• Small and energy efficient households would see the biggest increases under Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike in South Carolina. (Greenville News)

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SOLAR: The Florida Supreme Court holds hearings on whether to reject regulators’ decisions allowing Florida Power & Light to charge customers for solar energy projects and an environmental cleanup. (Fox 35)

WIND: Xcel Energy says it has installed 69 wind turbines, more than one-fourth of a large wind project in Texas. (Associated Press)

BIOFUEL: An Oklahoma man wants to turn invasive red cedars in the state into biofuel to produce electricity. (KFOR)

PIPELINES:
• The American Petroleum Institute launches pipeline construction safety programs in West Virginia and other states. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Hays County, Texas seeks an alternative route for a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline from the Permian Basin. (Hays Free Press)
• Challenges to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline pile up in court. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil and gas companies prepare for major export developments in the Gulf of Mexico. (Financial Times)
• West Texas sand used in the fracking process will drop in price about 19 percent this year because of low demand. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: TVA says it may be required to reimburse Jacobs Engineering, a contractor it paid to clean up its 2008 Tennessee coal ash spill, if poisoned workers win their lawsuits against the company. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

CLIMATE: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urges the federal government to be a leader on climate change, outlining his own goals for reducing emissions. (News & Observer)  

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