Southeast Energy News

In coal-dominated West Virginia, Senate passes major solar bill

WEST VIRGINIA: The West Virginia Senate passes a bill that could spur up to 400 MW of solar development in the state. The House is expected to review the legislation today. (WVPB, WV Metro News) 

ALSO:
Despite strong political support for the coal industry in West Virginia, state lawmakers are starting to pay attention to climate change. (Ohio Valley Resource)
The West Virginia House advances a measure with new regulations on how coal companies repair damages or compensate property owners if mining causes damage. (Beckley Register-Herald)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some South Carolina utilities see an opportunity in electric vehicle charging as more people buy electric cars. (Post and Courier)

PIPELINES:
Federal regulators approve the environmental impact statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s extension into North Carolina, concluding damage would be “less than significant.” (Roanoke Times)
An order from a federal judge allows Kinder Morgan to begin construction on part of the Permian Highway Pipeline in central Texas. (KXAN)

UTILITIES:
Xcel Energy plans to return $39.4 million to Texas customers because of low natural gas prices and adding more wind energy to their system. (KFDA)
Virginia’ Clean Economy Act would require utility giants like Appalachian Power and Dominion Energy to change how they operate and meet renewable energy standards. (Roanoke Times)
Next Era Energy — the frontrunner to buy South Carolina utility Santee Cooper — wants to bypass utility regulators to charge customers $2.3 billion on new power plants. (Post and Courier)

EMISSIONS: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announces it will spend $1 billion over the next decade to become the first carbon-neutral airline. (CNN)

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STORAGE: A Georgia electric cooperative breaks ground on a solar-plus-storage project that will help it learn how to support solar and battery projects for large customers. (Solar Power World, news release)

COMMENTARY:
Virginia is not doing enough to protect the environment from pipeline damage, a state representative says. (Roanoke Times)
Kentucky’s energy policies should put clean energy front and center to protect human health and the environment, a columnist writes. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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