Southeast Energy News

Oklahoma wind farm will help power the Super Bowl

WIND: An Oklahoma wind farm partners with Budweiser’s parent company to help power this weekend’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. (Oklahoman)

RENEWABLES: A Nashville city council member pushes solar and climate policies to help make the city the greenest in the Southeast. (Nashville Scene)

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SOLAR:
• Arlington County, Virginia officials hope for more autonomy on solar development in local communities. (Inside NOVA)
• Landowners in Augusta County, Virginia are baffled by the county’s hesitation to approve a solar project. (Staunton News Leader)
• Martin County, Florida commissioners give Florida Power & Light approval to develop a large solar farm. (TC Palm)
• A developer breaks ground on a 100 MW solar project in west Texas. (Renewables Now)
• Virginia environmental regulators will host a solar energy conference in April for landowners and communities. (Associated Press)
• Duke installed 565 MW of solar in the Carolinas in 2018. (PV Magazine)

UTILITIES: A ballot initiative that would break up Florida’s monopoly utilities and let residents produce their own power heads to the state Supreme Court. (PV Magazine)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators are asked to delay a report on the progress of Vogtle nuclear power plant construction. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

PIPELINES:
• An appeals court stays a decision against U.S. Forest Service permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Reuters)
• Two proposed pipelines could bring 1.3 million barrels of crude oil to refineries and export terminals in Houston by 2021. (Houston Chronicle)
• More than 200 people attend a public meeting to voice opinions about a central Texas pipeline project. (KUT)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. homes and businesses will use record amounts of natural gas during Arctic-like temperatures this week, and the Marcellus and Utica shale production was down due to the freeze. (Reuters)
• Sunoco Pipeline is required to pay costs and implement corrective measures after crude oil spills in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. (KSLA)

COAL:
• More than half of U.S. coal mines have closed in the last decade as demand for fossil fuels decreases, according to the Energy Department. (Houston Chronicle)
• South Carolina utility Santee Cooper has no plans to retire its Winyah coal-fired power plant despite calls from its largest customer to do so. (S&P Global)

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COAL ASH: Virginia lawmakers fight for a bill that would require Dominion to excavate coal ash. (Chesterfield Observer)

CLIMATE: San Antonio, Texas officials ask for public comment on a plan to make the city carbon neutral. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

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