Southeast Energy News

Natural gas will get in way of Southeast utilities’ emission goals: analysis

TRANSPORTATION: A North Carolina State study finds electric scooters usually don’t replace enough car trips to cancel out carbon emissions from manufacturing and nightly redistribution. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Southeast utilities will have a hard time meeting zero-emissions carbon goals if they continue to rely on natural gas, a report from a clean energy group says. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A Virginia county seeks proposals to install solar at buildings and schools, but Dominion Energy may stand in the way. (Virginia Mercury)
• A North Carolina county sees a boost in solar energy and clean energy jobs. (Chatham News & Record)
• People in a Georgia community express concerns about a potential second solar energy project in their area. (WALB)
• For the first time, a county in west Texas will produce solar energy. (News West 9)

RENEWABLES: A Texas utility executive says he hopes having more renewable energy than coal in the state will benefit customers. (Everything Lubbock)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators say the Plant Vogtle nuclear project could be delayed yet again and go further over budget. (Greentech Media)

COAL ASH: Environmental regulators and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host meetings in Virginia and North Carolina about Duke Energy’s efforts to clean up and restore the area affected by the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. (Greensboro News & Record)

PIPELINES:
• A natural gas pipeline in rural Kentucky explodes, killing one person, injuring others, setting homes on fire, and affecting gas prices across the eastern U.S. (WKYT, Courier Journal)
• The Enbridge pipeline has a history of explosion and injuries. (E&E News, subscription)
• A government website shows every natural gas and hazardous liquids pipeline running through Kentucky. (WKYT)
• Marshall County, West Virginia, property owners sue Rover Pipeline for severe property damage. (West Virginia Record)

OIL & GAS: A Texas county sues Exxon over pollution from a fire at its Baytown petrochemical plant. (Reuters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: President Trump promised new offshore oil and gas drilling jobs, but states like Louisiana aren’t seeing them. (E&E News)

COAL:
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voices support for coal miners in Kentucky who have been blocking a coal train over wages they’re owed by a bankrupt coal operator, and his Democratic opponent Amy McGrath visits their protest. (Bloomberg, Lexington Herald Leader)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies owe almost $2 million in delinquent taxes in Virginia. (WDBJ)
• Arch Coal signs a three-year deal to supply coal from Wyoming to a Kentucky utility. (S&P Global)
• A coal miner died while working in Western Kentucky, marking the state’s third coal mining fatality this year. (Kentucky Today)

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UTILITIES: A bill that would allow Duke Energy to change the way it charges customers faces much criticism and could make bills go up, though it has a long way to go. (Charlotte Observer)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist challenges the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new CEO to make the utility more transparent and spend more time on the ground with employees and customers. (Herald Chronicle)
• A Texas law that extends renewable energy tax credits will be a boon for renewable development, an analyst writes. (Solar Industry)

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