Southeast Energy News

New Orleans sues oil companies over wetland damage

OIL & GAS: New Orleans sues 11 oil and gas companies over wetland damage, joining several other Louisiana parishes that have filed similar lawsuits. (Times-Picayune)

ALSO: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice vetoes 15 bills, including two bills the natural gas industry was pushing, citing technical errors such as language that was overly broad or that contradicted other laws. (WVPB)

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EFFICIENCY: A North Carolina bill would require state buildings to cut energy use by 10 percent, which would save more than a quarter billion dollars. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A bill to expand solar in South Carolina is slowly moving through the state Senate, missing deadlines to avoid hitting project caps in some areas. (Post and Courier)
• Roswell, Georgia will launch a campaign this month to incentivize residents to install rooftop solar. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

GRID: Texas businesses build more back-up power supplies to prepare for high energy demands this summer. (Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS: A Kingsport, Tennessee couple dramatically reduce their carbon emissions by installing solar and driving electric vehicles. (Yale Climate Connections)

WIND:
• The wind industry continues to grow in northwest Oklahoma. (Enid News & Eagle)
• Offshore wind off the Gulf Coast of Texas likely won’t happen until 2028 when electricity prices are high enough to justify the cost of building them, an renewable energy advocate says. (Houston Chronicle)
• Virginia could be a key player in the supply chain producing massive wind turbines for the offshore wind industry. (Virginia Business)

UTILITIES:
• The outgoing Tennessee Valley Authority chief is leaving behind a much different utility than the one he overtook. (E&E News, subscription)
A federal trial is set for a lawsuit over Mississippi’s largest utility overcharging customers by more than $1 billion. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Work continues on the Mountain Valley Pipeline despite erosion and sediment control problems, though federal regulators have not issued a single “serious violation” notice. (Roanoke Times)
• Environmentalists in Virginia fly single-engine aircrafts and drones to monitor the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from above. (Daily Progress)
• About 100 Texas residents show up to a town hall meeting to oppose plans for a pipeline. (KXAN)

COAL:
• Residents of two Kentucky coal towns urge the state to ban surface mining on more than 10,000 acres around the towns. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Murray Energy acquires two Alabama coal mines. (AL.com)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• A judge rules that President Trump exceeded his authority when he overturned restrictions on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. (CNBC)
• South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham meets with coastal mayors about his proposed legislation to ban offshore drilling. (WCSC)

COMMENTARY:
Requiring solar on new homes is the next step towards helping Atlanta reach its 100 percent renewable energy goals, the director of Environment Georgia writes. (Saporta Report)
• Virginia needs more state policies to help grow the solar industry, a solar provider says. (Daily Progress)
• Florida Power & Light is leading the way on clean energy in Florida and the U.S., an editorial board says. (Herald-Tribune)

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