Southeast Energy News

Louisiana leaves hundreds of post-Katrina oil spills uninvestigated

OIL & GAS: Louisiana still hasn’t fully investigated 540 oil spills since Hurricane Katrina, likely leaving millions of dollars in uncollected fines that environmental groups need to help restore the coast. (ProPublica, The Times-Picayune and The Advocate)

ALSO:
• Natural gas development has been growing in Virginia, which could set back the state’s climate action goals. (Virginia Mercury)
• The natural gas boom in parts of northern Appalachia is giving way to a bust as out-of-state energy companies shutter offices. (Observer-Reporter)
• A deal with the Vietnamese government to build a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Louisiana takes a major step forward as the country adds the project to its development plan. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
• The first phase of what will be the largest solar project in Texas begins operations. (Solar Power World)
• A British investment firm is buying 14 solar projects in North Carolina for more than $70 million. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• An Augusta, Georgia, homeowner pushes her historic neighborhood to embrace solar energy by installing solar panels at her house. (Augusta Chronicle)
• The National Agricultural Law Center publishes guides to help landowners navigate solar leases on their property. (Pine Bluff Commercial)
• Tennessee solar company Silicon Ranch builds solar projects to allow for sheep grazing, which helps keep the land healthy. (Tennessean)

WIND: Gulf Pacific Power buys a majority stake in three Oklahoma wind farms. (Journal Record) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen’s $800 million pledge to expand its Chattanooga electric vehicle plant was one of the region’s biggest investments in 2019. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

PIPELINES: Federal agencies are required to consult with Native American tribes about pipeline construction, but they often don’t — as was the case in Virginia over the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Grist)

COAL: A western Kentucky coal mine will close early this year, forcing the layoff of about 250 workers. (WKU Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Several utilities in 2019 announced plans to test blockchain software in grid applications, and the number will likely grow in 2020. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s recent rollback of coal ash regulations increases the risk of disasters in Virginia, says a progressive policy analyst. (Roanoke Times)
• Florida Power & Light is focused on long-term clean energy goals, not short-term thinking, according to its chief executive. (TC Palm)

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