Southeast Energy News

Hurricane Michael knocks out power on Gulf Coast

HURRICANE MICHAEL: Hundreds of thousands of people are without power after Hurricane Michael, the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida panhandle, made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. (Orlando Sentinel)

ALSO:
• Gulf Power and Duke Energy are more vulnerable during this storm than they were during Hurricane Irma last year. (Utility Dive)
• The city of Coral Gables, Florida uses microgrids and smart technology to prepare for hurricanes. (Smart Cities Dive)

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WIND: Hearings begin for Dominion Energy’s proposed offshore wind farm in federal waters off the coast of Virginia. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• A new 2 MW solar farm is helping grow solar power’s footprint in West Tennessee. (Jackson Sun)
• Developers break ground on a solar-plus-storage project in San Antonio, Texas. (Daily Energy Insider)

STORAGE: Duke Energy plans to invest $500 million in battery storage projects in North and South Carolina over the next 15 years. (Renewables Now)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s governor and attorney general criticize a court decision that could block a nuclear fuel factory. (Aiken Standard)

COAL:
• A judge orders a coal company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family to start making payments on a settlement. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• A West Virginia mine will soon close after negotiations with a new potential owner fall through. (WVVA)

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OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia regulators order natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for most customers. (Associated Press)
• The oil boom in West Texas is leading to spikes in traffic accidents and homelessness and worsening pollution and climate change. (Texas Tribune)
• A Texas company building major oil pipelines is buying a natural gas liquids fractionator. (Houston Chronicle)
• Small producers can’t capitalize on the Permian Basin’s oil and gas surge because of a lack of pipeline capacity, a credit ratings agency says. (Reuters)
• The operator of an Oklahoma well that exploded and killed five men ignored warnings and used a risky drilling method, say attorneys filing a lawsuit against the companies. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• An Appalachian documentarian wrestles with the question: “If we can’t mine coal, what are we going to do?” (Huffington Post)
• Customers are paying for the Vogtle nuclear plant even if they won’t see the benefits for years, a Georgia radio host says. (Ledger-Enquirer)

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