Southeast Energy News

NextEra Energy buys Gulf Power in $6.5 billion dollar deal

UTILITIES: NextEra Energy purchases Gulf Power, the largest utility provider in northwest Florida, from Southern Company in a $6.5 billion deal. (Miami Herald)

MORE: A NextEra Energy executive says the company is still “on the hunt” after buying Gulf Power; the company has reportedly been eyeing South Carolina’s Santee Cooper for months. (Post and Courier)

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BIOMASS: Wood pellet mills used for the biomass industry threaten public health by violating the intent of the Clean Air Act, according to an environmental group’s report. (Southeast Energy News)

• Solar manufacturer Solartech Universal seeks to expand in Florida instead of Puerto Rico, where it originally planned to build before Hurricane Maria. (PV Magazine)
• Solar United Neighbors hosts an event in Virginia Beach to educate residents on how add rooftop solar to their homes. (Southside Daily)

NUCLEAR: The South Carolina governor’s nuclear advisory chairman says he wants more transparency from the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration. (Aiken Standard)

COAL: Henderson County, Kentucky pays some of the lowest electricity rates in the country because it has sourced coal locally, but now its coal plant is uneconomical. (WFPL)

• More protesters have set up camp in Jefferson National Forest in Virginia to prevent construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• A Virginia student encourages local governments to divest money from businesses and banks invested in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (WHSV)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Congressional Republicans want a deal with the departments of Defense and Interior to allow offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but it hinges on Florida lawmakers dropping their opposition. (Politico)

POLITICS: Former coal executive and ex-convict Don Blankenship announces he will run as a third-party candidate in West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race in November. (The New York Times)

OVERSIGHT: Documents show members of a South Carolina power company board gave themselves high pay and benefits while customers paid some of the most expensive power rates in the state. (The State)

COMMENTARY: In an op-ed, Virginia’s former secretary of natural resources says the state has the right balance between infrastructure development and environmental protection. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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