Southeast Energy News

N.C. leads the nation in solar industry growth

SOLAR: North Carolina’s solar output grew 36 percent in 2018, outpacing other top solar states like California, according to a new government report. (WLOS)

• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper intervened with Duke Energy on behalf of a solar company that had paid him rent and considered the dispute resolution a “possible Atlantic Coast Pipeline mitigation option,” records show. (The State)
• Construction begins on a $300 million solar project in Dougherty County, Georgia. (WALB)
• A solar company that helps reduce costs for lower income families will open an office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (WAFB)
• Florida Power & Light installs solar trees and canopies across Miami parks. (Sun Sentinel)
• Arkansas passes a bipartisan bill that allows third-party financing for solar in the state, which is seen as a huge boost for the industry. (Utility Dive)
• Duke Energy puts in a bid to build a solar project in the mountains of western North Carolina. (WLOS)

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HYDRO: Virginia’s General Assembly approves a bill to support research and development for pumped-storage hydro and renewables in hopes of making the state’s coalfields an energy hotbed again. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A proposed bill in Texas would prevent Tesla from servicing its own cars. (Quartz)

• The supply, collection, and disposal of wastewater from oil and gas operations becomes a $34 billion industry in Texas. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators approve an environmental report for an LNG export terminal in Texas, but give a warning about endangered species. (Houston Chronicle)
• Fires break out at two Houston-area oil and gas facilities, including a petrochemical facility. (Houston Business journal, subscription, Houston Chronicle)
• Protestors disrupt a meeting of oil and gas executives in New Orleans. (Fox 8 Live)
• At a major energy conference in Houston, some oil and gas executives talked about climate change and clean energy, but others doubled down on the need for fossil fuels. (InsideClimate News)

TRANSMISSION: Two proposed bills in Texas would give landowners more protection if transmission towers were put up on or near their property. (News Talk 1290)

• Former coal baron Don Blankenship sues several news outlets and media personalities, claiming he was defamed during his failed bid in his campaign for Senate in West Virginia. (WVPB)
• A proposed solar farm in Pikeville, Kentucky could employ former coal miners. (WSAZ)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he isn’t sure what he’ll decide on legislation to cut coal severance taxes. (WV Metro News)

COAL ASH: Jacobs Engineering, the TVA constructor accused of exposing coal ash cleanup workers to toxins that led to illness and death, wants to appeal the jury’s verdict. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

• Energy efficiency — especially in the building sector — should be a focus in tackling the climate crisis, writes an executive for a stone wool insulation supplier. (Energy News Network, sponsored)
• South Carolina ratepayers should support the sale of Santee Cooper with two conditions: the elimination of responsibility for the utility’s failed nuclear project and replacing coal with renewables, a chamber of commerce president writes. (Greenville News)
• The oil, nuclear, and gas industries hire more veterans than the clean energy sector, a veteran writes. (Energy News Network)

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