Southeast Energy News

Louisiana regulators say there’s no legal ground to halt pipeline

PIPELINES: Louisiana regulators stand by a decision to grant permits for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which will cut through the nation’s largest wetland. (E&E News, subscription)

ALSO:
• Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction continues in St. James Parish, Louisiana as environmental groups argue with state regulators over whether it’s allowed. (The Advocate)
• No natural gas is flowing through a TransCanada pipeline that exploded this month in West Virginia, so the company is urging natural gas producers to use other pipes in the region. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• South Carolina towns and schools that have invested in solar power are eager to see the economic benefits of doing so. (Post and Courier)
• A North Carolina professor seeks to build a solar farm and reforest land in the state. (Richmond County Daily Journal)
• A Georgia appliance recycling company launches a clean energy initiative in Alabama by installing rooftop solar on its South Carolinamanufacturing facility. (Aiken Standard)
• A Florida county generates electricity with solar-powered canopies and trees. (ABC7)

NUCLEAR: The V.C. Summer nuclear debacle is a major election issue in South Carolina, but it’s not a top priority for voters in Fairfield County. (Charlotte Observer)

COAL:
The Trump administration’s plan to keep coal and nuclear plants open could lead to higher electricity prices in West Virginia, warn consumer advocates and regional electric grid representatives. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The West Virginia coal industry and congressional delegation praise the Trump administration’s plan to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants. (WV News)
• A coal company buys a warehouse in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to store mining equipment.

GRID: An environmental group and consumer advocates in North Carolina oppose a plan by Duke Energy to collect $7.8 billion from customers for grid modernization projects. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)

CLIMATE: Only 1-in-5 Southeastern cities recently surveyed have emissions reduction goals, but half expect to install more renewable energy, according to a nonprofit group. (InsideClimate News)

EMISSIONS: Lawmakers in another Tennessee county throw their support behind a bill that would end mandatory vehicle emissions testing in the state. (Herald-News)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board applauds a Kentucky state agency’s rare decision to involve stakeholders, not just utilities, in updating coal ash rules. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• The federal fund to treat coal miners with black lung disease is in jeopardy and responsibility lies with the coal industry, says an editorial board. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)
• A Miami Climate Alliance members says the utility industry should pay its fair share for climate change damage. (Sun Sentinel)
• Virginians are missing a massive economic opportunity by not investing in offshore wind off the Atlantic coast, says the director of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Washington Post)

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