Southeast Energy News

Kentucky legislature passes bill that could cut value of solar power

Correction: A commentary summary in Thursday’s newsletter mischaracterized the writer’s main argument, that we should be cautious about nuclear power despite its potential climate benefits.

EMISSIONS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vetoes two bills that would have prohibited the state from entering regional programs to reduce carbon emissions from power plants and vehicles. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Property owners in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s path are relieved by recent delays, which they hope might stop the project, but it’s unclear if the halt on construction will last. (Energy News Network)

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• The Kentucky legislature passes a bill that makes it less certain what rates solar customers receive for selling excess energy they produce back to the grid. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Florida added 850 MW of solar in 2018, which is the fourth most in the U.S., according to a new report. (Tampa Bay Times)
• South Carolina is the latest battleground over PURPA contracts between utilities and small-scale generators under the decades-old federal law. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The nuclear industry is pushing regulators to cut back on inspections at plants and tell the public less about plant problems. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Texas added 10,000 clean energy jobs in 2018, according to a new report. (San Antonio Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Toyota plans to invest $750 million in hybrid vehicle manufacturing facilities in five states, with almost half of the money going to plants in Kentucky and West Virginia. (Ohio Valley Resource)

• U.S. natural gas production sets a record in 2018, with Appalachia producing the most of any region. (Kallanish Energy)
• Exxon says it plans to reduce the cost of drilling oil in the Permian to $15 a barrel. (Bloomberg)
• A lack of money from oil revenues promised after Hurricane Katrina has left Louisiana with a gap in financing for flooding adaptation plans. (Reuters)
• The world’s biggest oil companies pledge to reduce methane emissions and support more regulations. (Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: About 500 people crowd into a Greenville, South Carolina meeting with utility regulators, most of them there to oppose a rate increase by Duke Energy. (Greenville News)

OVERSIGHT: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Neil Chatterjee says he is struggling to decide whether the agency should intervene in states’ decisions to shift from coal to natural gas and renewables. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY: Texas and the Gulf Coast have become the new Middle East, centers of energy production that have more influence on the markets, a reporter writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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