Southeast Energy News

N.C. Senator: Clean energy is a winning issue for conservatives

COAL:
• As Owensboro, Kentucky phases out its coal-fired power plant, city leaders see bright prospects in tourism and energy-efficient professional and financial services. (Energy News Network)
Coal miners’ widows’ experience fighting for their husbands black lung disease benefits illustrates how complicated the system designed to help provide for coal mining families is. (Ohio Valley Resource)

POLITICS: In a podcast with Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts, North Carolina state Sen. Bob Steinburg explains how clean energy is a winning issue for conservatives. (Greentech Media)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
A federal judge in South Carolina stops the Trump administration’s attempt to continue work on new offshore drilling during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)
A bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers plan to renew a round of resolutions to stop offshore drilling off the state’s coast. (Savannah Morning News)
• Democrats and environmental groups pressure the Trump administration to halt plans to continue oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico during the government shutdown. (Houston Chronicle)

SOLAR: Florida Power & Light’s plan to install 30 million solar panels will be challenging, but it could push other large-scale developers in the Southeast to do massive solar projects. (Greentech Media)

WIND: A clean energy developer begins construction on a 300 MW wind energy park in Texas. (Renewables Now)

TRANSMISSION: Texas regulators reject a proposal to change transmission costs for power generators, which would have made getting renewable energy to market more expensive. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

BIOGAS: Plans to cover hog lagoons on industrial farms and use the waste as power could spur the biogas industry in North Carolina. (Daily Yonder)

COAL ASH: Hundreds of North Carolina residents attend a meeting to pressure Duke Energy to clean up coal ash facilities in the state. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

PIPELINES:
• The National Park Service asks a court to vacate its permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s support for natural gas pipelines rivals his support for the coal industry. (E&E News)
• Texas landowners voice concerns about a new 97-mile natural gas pipeline to the coast. (Houston Chronicle)  

OIL & GAS: The U.S. has yet to see the full impact of the U.S. shale industry as the oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin continues, according to the International Energy Agency director. (CNBC)

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UTILITIES: A Virginia investor launches a multi-million dollar campaign against Dominion Energy. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia lawmakers need to prepare for the further decline of the coal industry, an editorial board says. (Williamson Daily News)

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