Southeast Energy News

Is this Alabama project the future of carbon capture?

EFFICIENCY: Virginia cities and counties have been slow to pass local ordinances establishing Property Assessed Clean Energy programs. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: An Alabama facility is the largest commercial direct air carbon capture project in the world. (Fast Company)

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SOLAR:
• As states weigh changes to net metering laws to make rooftop solar more affordable and accessible, utilities are pushing back. (InsideClimate News)
• Puerto Rico’s latest long-term energy plan calls for 1,800 MW of solar and 920 MW of storage in its first five years. (Greentech Media)
• Facebook is building a massive solar project in Texas that could be one of the nation’s largest. (Associated Press)
A Florida school and an Arkansas school district plan to install solar panels to help power operations. (The Courier, KARK)
• A Florida county will install 24 solar-powered trash compactors for area beaches. (Recycling Today)
• Two North Carolina utilities are among the top 10 for solar construction, according to a report. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• The West Virginia Supreme Court upholds a decision to throw out lawsuits claiming a natural gas company caused a nuisance to landowners. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Louisiana regulators deny a permit for a wastewater injection well that drew criticism from a community. (The Advocate)

COAL:
• Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family promise to pay $1.2 million in delinquent taxes to Kentucky counties. (Associated Press)
Kentucky’s coal industry and West Virginia’s governor slam a Michael Bloomberg-backed campaign to close all coal-fired power plants. (WFPL, Fox 11)
• Several Southeastern researchers receive Energy Department grants to study how to improve coal-fired power generation. (Power Engineering)

UTILITIES: Alabama Power will close 40 offices across Alabama by the end of August. (Birmingham Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board writes that tree-sitting pipeline protesters deserve neither adoration nor the 20-year federal prison sentences recently floated by the Trump administration. (Roanoke Times)

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