Southeast Energy News

Hurricane Harvey damage costs Gulf Coast utilities $520 million

UTILITIES: Gulf Coast utilities spent about $520 million to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey and improve resiliency to prevent it from happening during future storms, a new analysis shows. (Utility Dive)

MORE: Kentucky regulators deny a utility’s proposal to install more than a million smart meters across its service area. (Louisville Business First)

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RENEWABLES: Orlando, Florida uses floating solar panels and algae pools to help reach its goal of powering the entire city with carbon-free energy sources by 2050. (New York Times)

SOLAR: Virginia Tech students build a solar-powered smart home for an international competition. (WSIS)

WIND: NextEra Energy may be violating an Oklahoma law by installing wind turbines without federal approval, according to a news investigation. (News 9)

PIPELINES: Pipelines constraints could curtail $1.4 billion in completions of oil and gas wells in Texas’ Permian Basin, according to an energy consultancy report. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: Georgia Power plans to excavate and close two more coal ash ponds as part of its effort to shut down 29 of them across the state. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

COAL:
• Community leaders meet in Kentucky to discuss strategies to redevelop Appalachia’s economy with the decline of the coal industry. (Associated Press)
• A federal court orders the U.S. Marshal to collect more than $1 million owed by two coal companies controlled by the family of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. (WVPB)
• A West Virginia man sues coal and mining companies, alleging deliberate intent and negligence as the reason he was electrocuted. (West Virginia Record)

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OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia’s highway department creates a new position to respond to increased road damage from oil and gas trucks. (WBOY)
• Oil and gas fields in Texas and other parts of the country face a huge shortage of truck drivers, a new report says. (Houston Chronicle)
• The annual Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition will move to New Orleans in 2019 after 65 years in Lafayette. (The Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• An advocacy group urges Virginia residents to oppose construction of an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station in a historic black community. (Appalachian Voices)
• Florida utilities have made progress on emissions from coal-fired power plants, but the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations could change that, an editorial board says. (News Herald)

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