Southeast Energy News

Home solar-plus-storage systems catch on across the Southeast

STORAGE: Solar installers are embracing residential solar-plus-storage systems as more homeowners express interest in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• A new Florida solar cooperative is trying to sign up at least 50 people willing to solarize their homes so they can make it more affordable. (TC Palm)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative begins building a 1 MW solar project in Texarkana to help members save money during peak use times. (KTBS)
• An Arkansas solar company announces plans to build solar projects at Little Rock schools to offset electricity demands. (Arkansas Business)
• Duke Energy says 2020 rebates for residential and commercial solar installations in North Carolina are used up, but there’s still money left for nonprofits and local governments. (WFAE)

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WIND:
• Pattern Energy Group is a new player in the Texas wind industry, repurposing old wind farms and building new ones. (Corpus Christi Caller Times)
• Duke Energy’s 200 MW wind farm in Texas, which has some of the tallest wind turbines in the U.S., comes online. (Windpower, news release)

COAL: Laid-off employees of Perry County Coal say they have not received their final paychecks, putting them in a similar situation as former employees of Blackjewel who protested last year over unpaid wages. (Lexington Herald Leader)

COAL ASH: A coal ash management company asks a judge to reverse a recent decision that prohibits coal ash from being deposited in unexcavated areas of old clay mines in North Carolina. (NC Policy Watch)

OIL & GAS: West Virginia’s revenue secretary blames the decline of coal and natural gas severance taxes for the state being $33.4 million below projected revenue collections. (WV News)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia’s long-term energy plan has allowed renewable energy to include energy sources that do not contribute carbon-free renewable power to the grid, a lawyer and environmental advocate says. (Virginia Mercury)
• A recent decision by FERC could lead to more competition in Tennessee’s electricity market, says a free market consumer advocate. (Commercial Appeal)

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