Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline under federal investigation

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers disclose to investors that they are under federal criminal investigation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO: On top of legal challenges and environmental criticism, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline now faces growing wariness from investors as Moody’s downgrades the project’s rating. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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WIND: North Carolina wind energy leaders say the state’s best potential for economic development is offshore wind, even though a moratorium on onshore projects just expired. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES:
• Santee Cooper customers urge lawmakers to choose a buyer for the utility that will push forward renewable energy in South Carolina. (WSPA)
• TVA says more flexibility and energy options are needed in the future as distributed renewable energy grows. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Atlanta is seeing a surge in solar energy as Georgia Power ramps up its investment in renewables. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• A Texas utility launches a program that lets customers power their homes with 100 percent solar energy generated in the state. (Solar Industry)
• An economic development organization works to finance half a million dollars worth of solar installations on four buildings in Letcher County, Kentucky. (Associated Press)
• An abandoned landfill in Savannah, Georgia gets new life as a 1.2 MW solar project that is about to come online. (Savannah Morning News)
• Ouachita Electric Cooperative in Arkansas becomes a solar leader in the Southeast. (Arkansas Business)

COAL: A bill that would set misdemeanor and felony offenses for trespassing in coal mines is up before the West Virginia House of Delegates. (WV Metro News)

OIL & GAS:
• A Texas oil company prepares for a new round of drilling in the Permian Basin after merging with an Alabama oil company. (Houston Chronicle)
• Texas lawmakers look to fast-track flood projects to prevent another Hurricane Harvey-scale disaster to petrochemical industry. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Kentucky should do what it can to encourage solar but still needs to remain reliant on coal, an editorial board says. (Daily Independent)
• Clean energy is the best path forward for the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, a columnist says. (Greensboro News & Record)

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