Southeast Energy News

Renewables can help Texas grid meet record demand this summer

GRID: The Texas grid manager says the state is expected to use record amounts of electricity this summer, but the grid should be able to handle the peak load because of new wind and solar generation. (Austin American-Statesman)

EMISSIONS: Virginia’s House barely passes the Clean Economy Act, an omnibus energy bill to get the state to zero carbon emissions by 2050. (WVTF) 

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SOLAR: Arkansas farmers are taking advantage of cheaper solar energy to help them offset farm operation costs. (KAIT)

OIL & GAS:
The West Virginia Senate passes two bills that would offer tax credits to the natural gas and petrochemical industries. (WV Metro News)
A decision by Texas prosecutors to downgrade charges against oil and gas protestors defers a potential debate over a controversial new anti-pipeline protest law. (InsideClimate News)
A Louisiana pipeline developer relocates a proposed compressor station after nearby residents complained that it would be a noisy eyesore. (KPLC)

PIPELINES:
Documents show Jim Beam bourbon asked a Kentucky utility to supply more natural gas but didn’t want to pay for a new gas pipeline; a year later, the utility asked regulators for ratepayers to bear the costs. (WFPL)
Kinder Morgan says its proposed Permian Pass natural gas pipeline in Texas faces an uncertain future because there are no customers yet. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Anderson County, Tennessee, officials pressure the state legislature on a law change that would help them stop the TVA from building a coal ash landfill in their community. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

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UTILITIES:
The South Carolina House and Senate are at odds over a plan to renegotiate NextEra Energy’s offer to buy Santee Cooper. (Post and Courier)
Some Tennessee lawmakers send a letter to President Trump opposing an effort to sell the TVA’s transmission assets to help pay federal debt. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

COMMENTARY: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice should sign a bill that would spur solar energy development in the state, an editorial board says. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

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