Southeast Energy News

JinkoSolar opens Florida solar manufacturing facility

SOLAR: JinkoSolar officially opens its Jacksonville, Florida solar module manufacturing facility despite the controversy around President Trump’s solar tariffs. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Despite criticism of solar roads as being inefficient and expensive, a Georgia foundation plans to continue research of the technology. (Energy News Network)
• Florida Power & Light opens a new solar project in Columbia County, Florida. (WCJB)
• A public hearing will be held today for a 500 MW solar project in northern Virginia. (WTOP)
• Entergy will buy energy from a new solar project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Daily Energy Insider)
• An Arkansas bakery installs solar panels to help power its operations. (CBS17)
• South Carolina solar companies keep a close eye on a bill that would raise the net metering cap, which is moving through the legislature. (WIS)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Feb. 28 deadline looms for Duke University to agree to a light rail between Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court denies Dominion Energy’s request to reconsider a ruling that vacated a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Federal regulators approve TransCanada’s request to put part of the Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline in West Virginia into service. (Reuters)
• A pair of pipelines that would carry natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast receive a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Carlsbad Current-Argus)

OIL & GAS:
• Some West Virginia residents believe leaking natural gas is causing odor problems and water contamination near their homes. (WBOY)
• Texas oil production is high, but the state is experiencing the same high gas prices as other parts of the country. (Texas Standard)
• Booming oil and gas production in Texas has led to an increase in traffic injuries and fatalities, state officials say. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: Some North Carolina lawmakers want a hearing on Duke Energy’s long-term plans. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• West Virginia needs to take action on unplugged oil and gas wells in the state, a columnist writes. (State Journal)
• Rural communities across the region have been opposing energy and transmission projects, a free market think tank fellow says. (The Hill)
• Passing the Green New Deal would allow Tennessee’s governor to advocate for high-paying jobs, an advocate writes. (Tennessean)
• Florida should be a leader in clean energy because it has more to lose than other states from climate change, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor writes. (Tampa Bay Times)

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