Southeast Energy News

Louisiana pipeline owners had hundreds of spills over 16 years

PIPELINES: Pipelines owned and operated by the companies building Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline had 527 hazardous incidents, including spills, from 2002 to 2017, according to an environmental group’s report. (Times-Picayune)

COAL:
• West Virginia lawmakers push legislation to provide temporary tax credits to keep coal-fired power plants in operation. (WV News)
• Only two of West Virginia’s 20 coal-producing counties show growth in coal severance numbers in 2018. (Register-Herald)

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UTILITIES:
• Virginia’s two largest utilities must reduce rates by tens of millions of dollars because of federal tax reform and utility regulation overhaul. (Roanoke Times)
• South Carolina lawmakers continue to debate electricity rate cuts as Dominion Energy and SCANA campaign against the plan. (Post & Courier)
• Dominion Energy’s proposed purchase of SCANA would offer the South Carolina economy an $18.7 billion boost, a new study says. (The State)

EFFICIENCY: North Carolina regulators reject a proposal by Duke Energy to give customers more financial control over their accounts. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Orlando, Florida’s municipal utility plans to build three solar farms amid the growing popularity of community solar. (Spectrum News)
• A Georgia county considers building a solar farm on top of a Superfund site. (Brunswick News)
• A new insurance program that guarantees energy production for solar projects sold its first policies at three Virginia solar farms. (Greentech Media)
• Duke Energy tells the North Carolina Supreme Court that an environmental group’s sale of solar panels to a church at reduced rates was “almost exploitive.” (WRAL)

BIOGAS: Hog waste becomes a streamlined fuel source in North Carolina, where it’s reducing methane emissions and being used to fuel renewable natural gas. (NPR)

COMMENTARY: There are big economic opportunities for North Carolina communities now that the state’s wind energy moratorium has been lifted. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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