Southeast Energy News

Oklahoma grid sets wind energy record

WIND: The grid that serves Oklahoma and much of the Great Plains at one point last week drew nearly two-thirds of its power from wind, a new record. (Oklahoman)

ALSO: West Virginia ranks 26th in the nation in wind energy capacity with only six wind energy projects, according to a new wind industry group report. (WV News)

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SOLAR:
• Santee Cooper lags far behind other South Carolina utilities when it comes to solar power, a clean energy group’s report says. (The State)
• Georgia Power has been a leader on solar energy, but regulators should demand more development in the utility’s long-term energy plan, according to a new clean energy group’s report. (Savannah Morning News)
• Cleveland County, North Carolina, officials approve an ordinance that expands the standards solar developers have to meet when planning projects. (Shelby Star)
• A solar farm in Texas uses a herd of 200 sheep to cut the grass under solar panels. (KENS5)

RENEWABLES:
• A Florida lawmaker files a bill that would require the state to draft a plan for 100% renewable energy, and says utility companies are influencing decisions on renewables. (WUSF)
• Colleges and universities are leading the way on powering with 100% renewable energy, including several Florida universities. (WJCT)
Homeowners play a role in Atlanta’s plan to power itself with renewable energy. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

COAL:
• Shutting down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant was the right decision, says the new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Associated Press)
• Elk are being reintroduced on former strip mining sites to restore habitats and improve local economies. (Yes! Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• Nelson County, Virginia, residents continue to protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (CBS 19)
• Federal regulators approve several pipeline cases to reduce their backlog of cases. (S&P Global)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Offshore drilling is deeply unpopular in Florida among the general public and lawmakers. (WJCT)

OIL & GAS:
• Chevron acquires Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion, expanding its footprint in the Permian Basin. (NPR)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice meets with Energy Department officials about the state’s petrochemical industry. (My Buckhannon)

UTILITIES:
• West Virginia has seen electricity rate increases since 2010 that have happened faster than most utilities in the country, according to a consumer advocate. (WV Metro News)
• Over three quarters of North Carolina voters say the state’s monopoly utility model is outdated and want more competition, according to a poll by Conservatives for Clean Energy. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Duke Energy ratepayers have made it clear they want the utility to clean up its coal ash, three water quality advocates write. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
• Energy, particularly natural gas and renewables, are the center of Virginia’s economic growth, says the president and COO of Appalachian Power. (Roanoke Times)

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