Southeast Energy News

North Carolina commits to Paris climate accord

EMISSIONS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signs an executive order committing the state to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which involves cutting greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2025. (The News & Observer)

ALSO:
Virginia regulators vote to create new regulations to limit carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants as part of the state’s participation in a regional emissions trading system. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector have declined 28 percent since 2005. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

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POWER PLANTS: Counties that supported Trump over Clinton are more likely to be affected by the repeal of Clean Air Act rules, according to research at the University of Virginia. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for permission to lease solar to commercial customers through a non-regulated affiliate. (Greentech Media)
• The University of Virginia says its roughly 1,000 solar panels installed across campus have saved it nearly a million dollars a year on utilities. (WVIR-TV)
• “I believe solar is going to be as practical on a farm as a tractor in the next five years.” Arkansas farmers recognize the benefits of going solar. (KATV-TV)
• Florida regulators approve a deal that allows Tampa Electric to build five solar plants and collect $46 million from ratepayers. (Florida Politics)
Georgetown, Texas, wins $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies to install solar panels on home and business rooftops. (Community Impact)

WIND:
Offshore turbines could be the next big breakthrough in renewable energy as states, including Virginia, try to get industries up and running. (Governing)
• A renewable developer is rushing to start a 220 MW wind farm north of Corpus Christi, Texas, before a federal tax credit expires. (Victoria Advocate)

COAL:
A Tennessee Valley Authority coal plant is cited for ineffective leadership and safety concerns by its inspector general. (Nashville Public Radio)
• A county commissioners says he was misled about the dust coating his community after the 2008 TVA Kingston coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

UTILITIES:
• A South Carolina state House candidate criticizes a letter to Duke Energy customers that praises his opponent’s work with the utility. (WYFF-TV)
• South Carolina’s House Speaker cautions the state’s utility watchdog against pursuing an SCE&G rate cut so big it wouldn’t hold up in court. (The State)
• NextGen says it will end its attempt to take over management of Lafayette, Louisiana’s city utilities if the city council opposes. (The Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order on greenhouse gas reduction goals takes bold news steps toward clean energy leadership. (EDF)
• Coal mining blasts the “wonderful” out of West Virginia, a student columnist writes. (The Picket)

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