Southeast Energy News

Nearly a third of U.S. wind energy capacity is in Texas

ELECTRIC BIKES: A yearlong pilot program at the University of Virginia will assess how electric cargo bikes could replace diesel-fueled facilities management carts. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• The U.S. now has more than 100 GW of wind energy capacity, and Texas is home to nearly a third of it, according to a new report from a wind industry group. (CNBC)
• Spending on wind power operations and maintenance is expected to surge as new wind farms are built before federal tax credits expire, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)
• A 300 MW wind energy project in Texas is complete, developers announce. (Renewables Now)

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SOLAR:
• Dominion Energy announces it will build a 150 MW solar project, the largest solar project in its fleet, to power a data center. (Renewables Now)
• A large-scale renewable developer says it will offload five solar projects, some in Texas, to a branch of SoftBank that owns 5 GW of clean energy projects. (Greentech Media)
• An Arkansas electric cooperative becomes the 11th in the state to announce it will build a solar project to help power its operations. (Arkansas Business)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear regulators issue a final environmental review that moves Florida Power & Light closer to operating units at a nuclear plant for 80 years. (Utility Dive)

RENEWABLES: Louisville, Kentucky, utility officials are reluctant to adopt a resolution to power the city with 100% clean energy. (WDRB) 

CLIMATE:
• Climate change groups in Virginia work to engage young voters to elect Democrats who will combat the issue. (Huffington Post)
• A Knoxville, Tennessee, mayoral candidate is running on a platform focused on renewable energy and climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL ASH: The Trump administration is expected to roll back an Obama-era regulation designed to limit the leaking of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and mercury from coal ash into water supplies. (New York Times)

COAL:
• Reclaiming abandoned mine lands could be a key factor in Appalachia’s transition from coal, according to a report from regional advocacy organizations. (WVPB)
• Murray Energy’s bankruptcy filings contradict former CEO Bob Murray’s claims that coal is cheaper than renewables. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Pollution from Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, which has historically affected poor communities of color, also impacts wealthy white communities living near facilities. (ProPublica, Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate)
• West Virginia high school seniors enter a program to train for oil and gas industry jobs. (West Virginia Explorer)

COMMENTARY:
• The electric utility industry continues to move away from coal despite President Trump’s promises to bring it back, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• Texas’ unregulated electricity market is murky and confusing for customers, a reporter says. (Houston Chronicle)

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