Southeast Energy News

Mountain Valley Pipeline work suspended in Virginia

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers suspend work in Southwest Virginia after heavy rains made it too difficult to control runoff from construction sites. (Roanoke Times)

MORE:
• Environmental groups ask a federal court to review a Clean Water Act permit in West Virginia for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline just days after the court stayed the same permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (WVPB)
• Landowners and environmental advocates say Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers didn’t seek enough public input when rerouting the pipeline through a West Virginia state forest. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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NUCLEAR: SCE&G sues to block South Carolina regulators from enforcing a new law to temporarily slash its customers’ bills by 15 percent in the wake of its failed nuclear project. (The State)

COAL:
• The metallurgical coal boom in Appalachia has been credited to President Trump, but the uptick in production actually happened before he was elected because of Chinese demand. (NPR)
• Meanwhile, escalating tensions over Trump’s tariffs could slow the growth of metallurgical coal exports from Appalachia and have an impact on Chinese investment in natural gas. (Ohio Valley ReSource)
• A West Virginia coal waste plant on the edge of bankruptcy wants to stay open during state proceedings, but it’s meeting resistance from environmental groups. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• At a West Virginia event, President Trump claims coal is making a comeback and touted its benefits over pipelines. (WSET)

SOLAR:
• A Canadian company plans to build the largest solar farm in Texas, a 250 MW project set to be completed in 2019. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oklahoma regulators allow a utility to transform a solar financing pilot program into a purchase plan for customers. (News OK)
• More Arkansas farmers incorporate solar energy to power their operations. (Magnolia Reporter)

WIND:
• Construction will begin on a 478 MW Xcel Energy wind farm in Texas later this month. (KFDA)
• Consumer protection issues are raised during an ongoing hearing in Oklahoma about a major wind energy and transmission project. (Tulsa World)

HYDROPOWER: A Virginia representative sponsors legislation to extend construction deadlines for two hydroelectric dams. (Kingsport Times-News)

MICROGRID: Alabama Power runs an energy infrastructure experiment with an Alabama neighborhood powered by a microgrid. (U.S. News & World Report)

NATURAL GAS: A California company says it will sell underground natural gas storage facilities in Mississippi and Alabama. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An engineer says Florida could see rapid residential solar growth if utilities use storage systems that are more cost-efficient grid assets. (Greentech Media)
• A clean energy investor says it’s time to end a moratorium on wind energy in North Carolina. (Herald-Sun)
• Environmental groups warn that a ballot measure could shift power over environmental regulation to state boards and commissions. (Coastal Review Online)

 

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