Southeast Energy News

Oklahoma wind farm still negotiating over military airspace

WIND: North Carolina’s ban on new wind farms will expire Jan. 1 unless its author, Sen. Harry Brown, pushes to extend it during the lame duck session. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A deadline is extended again for NextEra and the Department of Defense to agree on a mitigation plan for an Oklahoma wind project near airspace the military uses for training. (Enid News & Eagle)

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SOLAR:
• As solar energy rapidly grows in Georgia, one county halts projects as it grapples with how to resolve siting and zoning issues. (Energy News Network)
• Florida Power & Light is one approval away from building a major solar farm in St. Johns County. (St. Augustine Record)

RENEWABLES:
• Louisville, Kentucky officials consider a 100 percent clean energy proposal. (WFPL)
• Georgetown, Texas, which already runs on 100 percent renewable energy, plans to redesign neighborhoods with solar and battery storage to locally power the town. (KERA)

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas Transmission agrees to pay more than $122,000 in penalties for West Virginia environmental violations from its Mountaineer XPress pipeline project. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

TRANSMISSION:
• TVA sues a landowner for access to property it wants to extend power lines for its new operations center. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Duke Energy says it will provide South Carolina’s technical college system with $1 million to expand training for utility line workers. (Daily Energy Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• Plaintiffs alleging EQT failed to pay them gas royalties reach a tentative settlement with the company. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• Oil production in the Permian Basin is still growing, but a lack of pipelines has slowed the labor market, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. (Midland Reporter Telegram)
• The Army Corps of Engineers approves another $59 million to widen the Corpus Christi shipping canal for oil exports. (Midland Reporter Telegram)
• Corpus Christi officials plan to build saltwater desalination plants to meet growing water demand from the oil, gas, and chemical industries. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• New drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico are expected to reverse 20-year declines in offshore gas production. (Houston Chronicle)
• Chevron says it is getting oil and gas from a floating platform a mile offshore of New Orleans. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: Kentucky’s changing climate will test the resilience of flood walls, sewage systems, and public health while the state still gets 79 percent of its power from coal. (WFPL)

COMMENTARY: Florida’s amendment that bans offshore drilling is not enough to stop the oil and gas industry, says a campaign organizer. (Palm Beach Post)

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