Southeast Energy News

Major companies team up to buy N.C. solar farm

GRID: Virginia utility regulators reject most of Dominion Energy’s $6 billion proposal to modernize its electric grid, saying the cost for customers was too high. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Five companies, including Bloomberg, Gap, and Salesforce, team up to invest in a 100 MW solar project in North Carolina. (Fast Company)
• A massive solar farm planned in Spotsylvania County, Virginia is in serious doubt after heavy local opposition. (PV Magazine)
• A new solar cooperative launches in Collier County, Florida. (Naples Daily News)
• Solar energy advocates say thousands of jobs and billions of dollars could be lost if South Carolina lawmakers don’t approve a bill to ease restrictions on solar energy. (WIS 10)
• A forum on the potential for solar energy in Oklahoma is set for early February. (Journal Record)

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EFFICIENCY: Louisiana officials give a $2 million grant to local government institutions to improve energy efficiency. (KSLA)

WIND: Wind power is on the rise in rural Texas despite a drop in investment and tariffs on materials. (Corpus Christi Caller Times)

COAL: A proposed battery manufacturing plant on a former coal mine is delayed for a year because of problems at the site. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH:
• Coal ash is contaminating groundwater at dozens of power plants in the Southeast and across the country. (InsideClimate News)
• A federal appeals court denies rehearing a case after a panel of judges overturned an order that would have forced TVA to remove coal ash. (Associated Press)
• A bill that would require Dominion Energy to excavate four coal ash ponds in Virginia passed a Senate committee. (Community Idea Stations)

PIPELINES:
• Officials in Upshur County, West Virginia push for Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction to resume. (The Inter-Mountain)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents ask a judge to deny developers’ request to remove two tree-sitting protestors. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS:
• If the Texas oil and gas boom continues, there could be catastrophic effects of climate change by 2050, according to a report by a coalition of environmental groups. (KUT)
Georgia Power says it will explore resilience to extreme weather and cyber attacks to protect pipelines and transmission as natural gas use surges. (S&P Global)

BIOMASS: The wood pellet biofuel industry is causing severe environmental and health effects in North Carolina, according to a report from an environmental organization. (Coastal Review Online)

UTILITIES:
Duke Energy is one of several companies offering to buy South Carolina utility Santee Cooper. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
Texas’ electricity regulator tells grid managers to make changes so there will be enough power when demand surges this summer. (E&E News, subscription)

POLITICS: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice picks a lobbyist for his family’s coal companies to fill a state senate seat. (WVPB)

COMMENTARY:
• North Carolina consumers clearly embrace renewable energy, so state legislators should too, an editorial board says. (WRAL)
• Clean energy advocates look at what might have happened if South Carolina utilities invested in energy efficiency instead of a failed nuclear plant. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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