Southeast Energy News

Kentucky decision removes red tape for EV charging

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Kentucky regulators rule that electric vehicle charging stations are not subject to utility regulations, a decision that could allow for more stations to be installed. (Associated Press)

ALSO: After installing solar panels, Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky wants to install electric vehicle charging stations. (Bowling Green Daily News)

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SOLAR:
• A London renewable energy investor closes a deal on a 105 MW solar project in North Carolina that’s expected to be operational in 2020. (Renewables Now)
• Several Texas counties try to land solar project deals. (Victoria Advocate)

COAL:
•  The demolition of a Kentucky coal plant happened as the generating capacity of renewable energy surpassed coal across the U.S. (InsideClimate News)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority made the right decision to close a western Kentucky coal plant, according to an energy and economics firm’s report. (WKU)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a coal mine in Wyoming County could resume operations within a year. (WV Metro News)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority will host a private luncheon at its Bull Run coal-fired plant for a group of local, state and federal officials to learn about its coal ash storage. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

PIPELINES: Construction delays raise questions about the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• New Orleans’ decision to sue oil companies to help it pay for flood protection is considered a risky step for a city so tied to the industry. (NPR/WNNO)
• U.S. oil imports from OPEC plunged to a 30-year low in March partly because of surging domestic oil production, according to federal data. (CNN)
• Oil giant ConocoPhillips prepares for a round of drilling in south Texas. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

UTILITIES: A new South Carolina law requires the state to weigh more options before selling utility Santee Cooper. (WSPA)  

CLIMATE: Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke of Texas calls for a “moonshot” to tackle climate change, as well as more investment in solar and wind. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• Texas leads a nationwide push to crack down on pipeline protestors, an oil and gas industry executive says. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• South Carolina customers should educate themselves about solar, which is growing in the state because of new legislation, a state regulator says. (Aiken Standard)

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