Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline costs spike after regulators halt construction

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers delay the completion date until 2020 and raise the cost another half a billion dollars, to between $5.3 and $5.5 billion, as the project faces legal challenges. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: A group of Texas landowners convinced a pipeline developer to reroute a planned project away from their properties, but it’s uncertain if they’ll be able to do it again with the Permian Highway Pipeline. (Texas Observer)

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NUCLEAR: Three workers at a South Carolina nuclear fuel factory are sent to the hospital and an inspection finds the plant, which has a history of leaks and spills, didn’t have proper safety equipment. (The State)

WIND: A public comment period opens for Apex Clean Energy’s plans to preserve the American burying beetle at the site of a proposed Oklahoma wind farm. (Journal Record) 

BIOGAS: Investors of a waste-to-energy project and solar project in Georgia sue a former University System of Georgia regent, who they say stole their money in a racketeering scheme. (Augusta Chronicle)

SOLAR:
A bipartisan group of 231 mayors, some from Southeast states, send a letter urging Congress to extend solar tax credits. (Solar Power World)
A renewable energy staffing company will host job fairs in Texas and Louisiana to hire 200 people for a six-month job installing solar panels. (WAFB)

RENEWABLES:
NextEra Energy is growing its renewable energy and storage portfolio but still investing heavily in natural gas projects in Alabama and Appalachia. (Greentech Media)
Duke Energy says it has more than enough applications for a program to use 160 MW of renewable energy power purchase agreements for business customers. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES: Florida Power & Light customers may have to pay $274 million for Hurricane Dorian power restoration. (Sun Sentinel)

OIL & GAS: Louisiana representatives lobby Congress to secure more money from offshore oil and gas revenues for coastal restoration and other projects. (The Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
Rural Alabama residents want to be recognized and see action on climate change, the state House minority leader writes. (AL.com)
Efforts by researchers and investors to improve mine safety in West Virginia deserve support and praise, an editorial board says. (WV News)
Georgetown, Texas, is suing to get out of a solar contract because it misread the energy market, a journalist says. (Texas Standard)

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