Southeast Energy News

Major retailers pressure Virginia to let them drop Dominion

UTILITIES: Some of the nation’s biggest retailers, including Walmart, Costco, and Target, are pushing Virginia regulators to allow them to buy energy from sources other than Dominion Energy. (Washington Post)

COAL ASH: North Carolina environmental groups are at odds with Duke Energy over the risk to groundwater from coal ash chemicals, which the utility says have zero chance of contaminating drinking water. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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COAL: A Kentucky coal miner dies after sustaining injuries after a “rib” wall collapsed in a Cumberland mine. (Courier Journal)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana oil exporters are at risk of another trade fight with Mexico this summer. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES: A Texas district judge will soon decide the fate of the eminent domain lawsuit involving Kinder Morgan Pipeline developers. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR:
• Alabama Power customers are frustrated with the utility’s monthly $5-per-kilowatt surcharge on rooftop solar. (NPR)
• Charlottesville, Virginia, organizations take people on a tour of solar installations in the city’s downtown area. (NBC 29)

WIND: Wind energy advocates say South Carolina isn’t taking advantage of its offshore wind energy potential. (Statehouse Report)

TRANSMISSION: Federal judges may allow developers to retain a permit for a transmission line that would cross the James River in Virginia despite a faulty environmental review. (E&E News, subscription)

POLITICS: Pushback from pipeline companies over protestors and renewable energy subsidies were two main issues during the Texas legislative session. (KUT)

COMMENTARY:
• Rural electric cooperatives in Louisiana could help the state break free of fossil fuels, a renewable advocate says. (The Lens)
• Florida needs to expand renewable energy and lower electricity rates, an editorial board writes. (Gainesville Sun)
• The oil and gas industry has spent plenty of money to maintain West Virginia roads, two industry executives say. (Herald-Dispatch)
• Texas needs to upgrade and expand its pipeline network, a geologist who worked for oil and gas industry regulators says. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times)

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