Southeast Energy News

N.C. Supreme Court: Group broke rules by selling solar power to church

SOLAR: The North Carolina Supreme Court rejected a challenge Friday by an activist group that regulators said acted as a “public utility” when it sold solar power to a church. (Associated Press)

MORE:
• North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis leads a group of eight senators urging the Trump administration to exempt industrial-sized solar panels from its solar import tariff. (Bloomberg)
• Florida regulators approve cost recovery for a solar project that will grow Tampa Electric’s renewable energy portfolio to 150 megawatts, a more than fivefold increase. (Daily Energy Insider)

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COAL: Residents of Farmington, West Virginia want to reinstate a lawsuit over a coal mine explosion that happened 50 years ago. (NPR)

NATURAL GAS:
• New Orleans officials face pressure to reconsider Entergy’s proposed natural gas power plant after the company admitted paying people to publicly show their support for the project. (KSMU)
• West Virginia utility companies say renewable energy and natural gas are growing in the state, but it’s still a struggle to replace coal and grow job numbers. (WV News)
• Florida is shifting towards a reliance on natural gas, but some utility regulators want to see the state diversify its energy sources. (WFSU)

PIPELINES:
• FERC authorizes Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers to start construction in certain places in West Virginia where tree felling has occurred. (Natural Gas Intel)
• A man has been tree-sitting for 76 days to block construction of a section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)
• A federal court judge limits an award to landowners suing pipeline companies for wetland damage to $1,104. Plaintiffs had been seeking more than $30 million. (Louisiana Record)

UTILITIES:
• Tennessee Valley Authority tax savings will go to 39 Kentucky counties to fund economic development initiatives. (Richmond Register)
• Arkansas regulators consider restructuring electricity rates to increase the fixed rate the utility charges all customers and reduce price the per kilowatt hour. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette)

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OVERSIGHT: Critics say David Paylor, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality director, is too friendly with industry and doesn’t enforce actions against polluters. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: A realtor says agents should sell more resilient and energy efficient homes in South Florida to protect communities from the effects of climate change, but they’re hard to find. (Orlando Sun Sentinel)

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