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)

• 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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• 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)

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)

• 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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