Southeast Energy News

How much energy is Texas producing? Regulators try to figure it out

WIND: Offshore wind advocates say Dominion’s 12 MW, $300 million offshore wind farm experiment could lead to bigger, less expensive projects. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: No one knows how many small electricity generators are in Texas or how much energy they produce, so state regulators attempt to quantify it. (Houston Chronicle)

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NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators request more money to pay outside consultants to keep track of the Vogtle nuclear power project. (WABE)

SOLAR: A San Antonio, Texas utility offers solar rebates at $2,500 per home and 60 cents per watt for business installations, with bonuses for locally produced modules. (PV Magazine)

PIPELINES: Virginia air pollution regulators delay a vote on a permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station, instead opening another public comment period. (Daily Progress)

COAL:
• Lifelong residents of Eastern Kentucky plot how to reinvent their towns as coal disappears. (Sierra Magazine)
• Retired miners dying of black lung disease rally at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in London, Kentucky, asking him to extend the tax on coal companies that funds their medical benefits. (WKYT)
• Murray Energy offers $10,000 signing bonuses to attract new employees at Western Kentucky mines. (S&P Global)

COAL ASH: On the tenth anniversary of the largest coal ash spill in history, families of cleanup workers who died call on TVA and its contractor to pay for medical testing and treatment for those who are poisoned. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• South Carolina lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would ban local and state governments from approving offshore drilling. (WCBD)
• The Interior Department investigates a Texas oil company after it allegedly violated offshore platform rules. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia law allows mineral rights owners do whatever is “reasonably necessary” to extract natural gas from the ground, disturbing many rural communities. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)
• The price of crude oil in the Permian Basin drops to $40 a barrel, which is too low for drillers to bring on new wells. (CNBC)
• Earthquakes triggered by fracking are pervasive in Oklahoma, according to a small U.S. Geological Survey study. (E&E News, subscription)

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