Southeast Energy News

Regulators: Georgia Power must increase solar, storage

• State regulators direct Georgia Power to grow its renewable portfolio by nearly doubling solar capacity to 2,210 MW over five years and increasing energy storage. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greentech Media)
• After Hurricane Barry, New Orleans clean energy advocates and business leaders propose the city transition to 100% renewable energy by 2040. (Solar Power World)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chattanooga, Tennessee, is among the first cities to install wireless charging stations to help power its electric bus fleet. (Energy News Network)

HYDRO: Virginia has potential for more hydropower, but some energy experts say other forms of renewable energy are more realistic. (WVTF)

• An Arkansas town partners with a solar company to build a 3 MW solar project. (Talk Business & Politics)
• A South Carolina school district will install solar panels and other efficiency upgrades. (WJCL)

WIND: Some U.S. wind tower manufacturers push for tariffs on imported wind parts, which could raise costs for new projects by up to 10%. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A small drum of waste at a South Carolina factory that makes nuclear fuel catches fire, but officials reported no damage or injuries. (Associated Press)

• Blackhawk Mining, a coal company with 2,800 employees in West Virginia and Kentucky, files for bankruptcy. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Attorneys general in Kentucky and Virginia ask a federal agency to immediately  pay all wages owed to miners by Blackjewel coal company when it filed for bankruptcy. (WBIR)

• Eighteen Virginia state lawmakers ask federal regulators to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline over fears that rising costs could fall on ratepayers. (E&E News, subscription)
• Phillips 66 and the Port of Corpus Christi will have a public meeting with Corpus Christi residents. (KIII)
• Opponents of a Texas pipeline may sue over endangered golden-cheeked warbler in the Texas Hill Country. (Houston Chronicle)

OIL & GAS: A Senate committee passes several bills related to Appalachia’s natural gas and coal industries, including one that would require the Energy Department to study national security and economic benefits of a proposed natural gas hub. (Beckley Register-Herald)

COMMENTARY: Some critics argue that Texas’s wind industry enables large energy corporations to profit at the taxpayers’ expense. (The Center Square)

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