Southeast Energy News

Hurricane Florence rains burst North Carolina coal ash landfill

COAL ASH: Hurricane Florence rains cause a North Carolina coal ash landfill to collapse, spilling 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash. Duke Energy was unsure whether it contaminated the Cape Fear River. (Herald Sun, Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline developers extend the target completion date by two months, which they attributed to weather delays. (The Advocate)
• Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline proceeded for several days after work was suspended because of Hurricane Florence. (Roanoke Times)

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SOLAR:
• The University of South Florida uses solar and Tesla storage battery to power a parking garage. (WMNF)
• A solar developer applies to build a 125 MW solar farm in Virginia at a time when there’s a lull in solar development in the state. (PV Magazine)
• A Texas brewery installs a solar array and hopes to inspire others in the community to do the same. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Florida’s energy efficiency industry employs 100,000 people and ranks in the top five states for employment. (Tampa Bay Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Chemical and energy companies along the Gulf Coast are building and expanding plants to process ethane, a byproduct of natural gas that flows from Texas shale fields. (Houston Chronicle)
• A jury convicts an Oklahoma oil company owner of wire fraud and money laundering. (Oklahoma News 4)

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GRID: The CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas discusses grid reliability during this summer’s record power use and how to manage a deregulated energy market. (San Antonio Express-News)

COMMENTARY:
• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will be judged on his silence and lack of action regarding pipeline construction, a hydrologist says. (Roanoke Times)
• The Texas grid was reliable without coal-fired power plants during intense heat this summer, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)
• An editorial board argues all states, especially South Carolina, should adopt 100 percent renewable energy goals like California has. (Post and Courier)

CORRECTION: Fayetteville, Arkansas was recognized by Sierra Club for its clean energy goals. A digest item on Friday misidentified the state.

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