Southeast Energy News

Louisiana regulators approve massive wind, transmission project

WIND: Virginia has been slow to dip its toe into offshore wind energy, but environmental advocates predict the industry is primed for a growth spurt over the next decade. (Energy News Network)

• Louisiana regulators approve a massive wind energy and transmission project that will bring power to Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. (Shreveport Times)
• With the help of small-town Republican mayors pushing renewable energy, Texas has become a leader in wind power. (CBS News)
• Spanish utility Iberdrola plans to invest $1 billion in Texas wind energy, mostly through on-shore projects. (San Antonio News-Express)

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• A North Carolina county that once banned solar farms has given a permit to a solar company after a long court battle. (Daily Advance)
• Keewaydin Island off the coast of Florida offers expensive off-grid homes powered by solar panels. (Associated Press)
• Solar energy advocates take their case to the South Carolina Supreme Court  by appealing regulators’ decision to cut the amount that SCE&G pays large-scale solar farms. (Greenville News)
• A University of Arkansas researcher receives $2.7 million from the Department of Energy to develop technology to drive down the costs of solar power. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators reject Duke’s rate increase request and instead order slight reductions, still allowing the company to recover most of the $546 million it spent on coal ash cleanup costs during the last five years. (WFAE)

RENEWABLES: Atlanta officials want to push back the city’s goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean energy from 2035 to 2050. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

• A Virginia county seeks a grant to teach first responders planning and emergency response efforts for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Franklin News-Post)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline construction begins the first of 59 highway crossings in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

• One of the nation’s largest natural gas storage pools is underneath two West Virginia counties and used to meet demand during peak usage months. (WV News)
• In Texas, President Trump’s steel tariffs cause uncertainty and concern among pipe mill employees and executives. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina legislature has yet to pass any laws on the V.C. Summer nuclear debacle, and time is running out as lawmakers enter a special two-day session. (Myrtle Beach Online)

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