Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for erosion violations

WIND: North Carolina lawmakers adjourned without extending a statewide wind farm moratorium, set to expire Jan. 1, but advocates say they’re not in the clear yet. (Energy News Network)

MORE: Kilgore, Texas officials oppose a major wind energy and transmission project that would carry power from Oklahoma, saying it would add too much capacity and puts ratepayers at risk. (Kilgore News Herald)

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SOLAR:
• Solar panels installed on thrift shops throughout Virginia help Mennonites raise money for global aid programs. (Energy News Network)
• Two more solar farms are planned in Columbia County, Georgia to power hundreds of homes in the area. (Augusta Chronicle)
• Duke Energy rolls out a $62 million program for North Carolina customers to install solar panels and receive up to $6,000 rebates. (Charlotte Observer)
• Hamlet, North Carolina officials approve a proposed solar farm on former farmland. (Richmond County Daily Journal)
• Seven Augusta County, Virginia schools will install solar panels that will provide 31 percent of their electricity. (The News Virginian)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla plans to build a service and delivery center in New Orleans, the first of its kind on the Gulf Coast. (The Advocate)

PIPELINES:
• Virginia regulators say Mountain Valley Pipeline developers’ failure to install and maintain erosion-control devices has harmed 8,800 feet of streams in six locations. (Roanoke Times)
• Columbia Gas Transmission says a landslide was the cause of the explosion of a new natural gas pipeline in West Virginia last month. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Federal regulators will allow Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to boost its natural gas export capacity from Texas to Mexico. (Natural Gas Intel)
• A West Texas company plans to add 180 miles to its crude oil pipeline system in the Permian Basin. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL AND GAS: Oil and gas industry acquisitions are expected to surge upwards of $50 billion over the coming months as companies invest in Texas shale, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL: A lawsuit alleges that two coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice breached a contract with an exporting company. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

COMMENTARY: Two Louisville lawmakers say Kentucky regulators should prevent the gutting of energy efficiency programs proposed by a utility company. (Insider Louisville)

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