Southeast Energy News

North Carolina drops wind power ban from legislation

WIND: North Carolina lawmakers reach a compromise over a proposed wind farm moratorium, instead agreeing to require state officials to seek more information from the military before approving permits. (Charlotte Observer)

RENEWABLES: The Denton, Texas, city council rejects a climate action plan and wind and solar energy storage projects that would have helped it reach 100% renewable energy. (Denton Record-Chronicle)

SOLAR:
North Carolina remains a top solar state as the Southeast surges ahead in installed capacity, according to a solar industry report. (Charlotte Business Journal, Axios)
• A drop in solar costs has brought new opportunities for landowners in south Georgia. (NPR)

TRANSMISSION: Local opposition, government delay and utility disinterest killed what would have been America’s biggest transmission line to move wind power from Oklahoma to Tennessee. (Axios) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Savannah, Georgia, adds two electric vehicles to its city’s fleet. (Savannah Morning News)

UTILITIES: Florida utility JEA may scratch plans for its new headquarters as its CEO tells the board it could avoid potential rate increases by cutting jobs. (Florida Times-Union)

COAL: A federal report shows Appalachia is seeing some economic improvement but coal-producing communities are still struggling. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH:
• Officials in Roane County, Tennessee, keep a sports complex closed to the public until soil test results determine potential coal ash contamination. (WVLT)
• North Carolina regulators order the owners of a lined coal ash landfill to test for groundwater contamination. (North Carolina Health News)

PIPELINES:
• A Texas judge rejects a challenge to the state’s licensing process, allowing Kinder Morgan to begin work on a natural gas pipeline without Texas energy regulators approving its proposed route. (Reuters)
• A proposed pipeline expected to be completed in 2021 will cross six Texas counties on its way to the Gulf Coast. (Tyler County Booster)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers appeal to the Supreme Court to keep permits for the project to cross the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia natural gas royalty owners are hopeful about the future of the industry after a settlement with a company over unpaid royalties. (WV Metro News)
• Tensions between the U.S. and Iran could impact Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, some industry experts say. (WVUE)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Mexico regulators approve BP’s offshore drilling plan in the southern Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)
• An energy company starts production at a deepwater oil drilling site in the Gulf of Mexico. (World Oil, news release) 

CLIMATE: The decline of coal forces utilities to answer a big climate change question: whether to invest in renewables or natural gas. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Without renewable energy tax credits, the wind energy industry that is thriving in states like Texas and Oklahoma will be slow to grow, a think tank leader writes. (The Hill)

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