Southeast Energy News

Oklahoma regulators will charge wind developers new fees

WIND: Oklahoma regulators adopt rules that require wind developers to pay the state utility commission $2,000 per facility in annual fees for oversight responsibilities. (Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES:
• Virginia regulators reject Walmart’s bid to buy its own renewable power, saying that moving away from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power would hurt remaining utility ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• Duke Energy says it will study how to boost grid capacity for solar and wind. (Triad Business Journal, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A large solar project that could bring more than $2 million in revenue to Pittsylvania County, Virginia is in the works. (WSET)
• Three new solar facilities in Georgia will bring 400 new jobs to the state. (GPB)
• Rural Florida residents raise concerns about a large Duke Energy project moving into their community without their knowledge. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A solar developer will add rooftop panels to 7,500 homes in a Texas community. (Solar Power World, news release)

COAL:
• As coal severance taxes decline in Central Appalachia, counties lose funding for government services. (Southerly)
• The West Virginia House passes a bill that would reduce the coal severance tax by about $60 million a year. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: A federal judge refuses to order a new trial for Jacobs Engineering, a TVA contractor accused of failing to protect coal ash workers from harmful toxins. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers ask Virginia water regulators to stop a process that could end up revoking the project’s water certification permit. (Roanoke Times)

OIL & GAS: A federal agency predicts oil and gas production will stop increasing in South Texas after 2021. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

EMISSIONS: An experimental Texas power plant that captures and reuses carbon dioxide is about to begin selling power back to the grid. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The president it set to roll out an offshore oil drilling plan that many Republican state leaders oppose. (USA Today)
• South Carolina cities and environmental groups work to stop seismic testing for oil and gas drilling as their case against the Trump administration moves through the courts. (Charlotte Observer)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy cut 1,900 jobs in 2018, most of them in the Carolinas. (WFAE)

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