Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline: More delays, costs with new route plans

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers propose a land swap with the Interior Department in order to cross the Appalachian Trail, but it would delay the project until mid-2020 and increase costs to up to $5 billion. (Roanoke Times)

OVERSIGHT:
• North Carolina regulators will not hold additional hearings on Duke Energy’s long-range power generation strategy despite calls to do so from clean energy groups and lawmakers. (Energy News Network)
• Mississippi utility regulators create a formal long-term energy planning process for the electric companies they regulate, which could boost renewables, storage and energy efficiency. (E&E News)

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WIND:
• Oklahoma regulators will meet with wind industry leaders to discuss updated rules meant to protect military training areas. (Oklahoman)
• An energy company will repower two Texas wind farms with a combined capacity of 283 MW. (Renewables Now)
• Developers secure a 300 MW wind turbine contract for a wind project in Texas. (ReNews)

SOLAR:
• A Mississippi school board will conduct a feasibility study for the use of solar panels in its district. (Meridian Star)
Florida leads the U.S. in new installed solar capacity for the first quarter of the year, according to a solar industry group’s report. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: Five Georgia colleges and universities get $5 million in Energy Department grants to develop a nuclear energy workforce. (Augusta Chronicle)

COAL:
• Cambrian Coal files for bankruptcy protection in Kentucky. (Bloomberg Law)
• Floyd County, Kentucky, officials seek $670,300 in delinquent taxes from coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family. (Appalachian News-Express)
• A West Virginia company plans to build a plant that will turn coal and natural gas into fuel that burns cleaner than petroleum-based fuel. (WSAZ)

COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash disposal plan for a Tennessee power plant could take more than two years to form. (WATE)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. oil output is expected to rise by about 70,000 barrels per day in July to a record 8.52 million, largely because of Permian Basin production. (Reuters)
• Pipeline company Enterprise Products Partners seeks to sell its stake in a new south Texas crude export terminal. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• American Electric Power wants to use customer money to fund a “clean coal” group involved in misleading attacks on wind and solar power, a policy expert says. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• South Carolina needs to protect its offshore waters from drilling and seismic testing, a state representative writes. (Post and Courier)
• A North Carolina bill that would require new utility-scale renewable projects to fund the recycling of solar modules and batteries may not be as renewable-friendly as it sounds, a columnist writes. (PV Magazine)

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