Southeast Energy News

Louisiana governor vows to cut oil and gas emissions

EMISSIONS: Louisiana’s governor announces plans to address sea level rise by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry, though he emphasized doing it in an industry-friendly way. (NOLA.com)

ALSO: Entergy emphasizes its plan to reduce emissions among utilities in the Southeast by promoting renewables and electrification. (Utility Dive)  

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WIND:
Oklahoma regulators agree to a plan that allows a utility to recover costs of adding 675 MW of wind power with no rate increase for customers. (KFOR)
The port in Brownsville, Texas, wants to be a leading importer of wind turbine parts. (GreenBiz)

SOLAR:
Developers complete solar projects at 10 schools in Richmond, Virginia. (NBC 12)
Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery in Kentucky is now powering part of its operations with solar. (WDRB)

NUCLEAR: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge National Laboratory announce plans to study small modular reactor projects in Tennessee. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

PIPELINES: West Virginia’s attorney general speaks out in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ahead of next week’s Supreme Court arguments over a permit that stalled construction. (WV Metro News)

OIL & GAS:
Democratic lawmakers propose a bill that would halt construction of new plastics plants for three years in parts of Appalachia and the Gulf Coast. (InsideClimate News)
An energy company executive calls on investors to pull funding from companies that have rates of natural gas flaring. (Reuters)

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COAL ASH: A Georgia bill that would require owners of coal ash ponds to notify the public when those sites are drained passes a House committee. (GPB) 

COMMENTARY:
All the Democratic presidential candidates are serious about addressing climate change, but not about how they’ll block offshore drilling, a chamber of commerce leader says. (Post and Courier)
Georgia needs to confront coal ash cleanup, which may mean more regulations and higher energy bills, an editorial board says. (Augusta Chronicle)
Virginia has an opportunity to be a clean energy leader this year, a solar advocate says. (Roanoke Times)
A journalist writes that the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route runs through many news deserts, which has made it harder for citizens to take action or find information. (Columbia Journalism Review)

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