Southeast Energy News

Renewables cut Texas wholesale power costs by $5.7 billion

RENEWABLES: Renewables helped reduce wholesale power costs in Texas by $5.7 billion, or around $20 for every resident over an eight-year period, a new report says. (PV Magazine)

UTILITIES:
• A judge delays a trial for Mississippi’s lawsuit against Entergy accusing it of selling overpriced power to customers from 1998 to 2009. (Associated Press)
• Florida regulators are poised to raise Duke Energy rates and lower Tampa Electric’s. (Tampa Bay Times)

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SOLAR:
A Western Kentucky couple opens their house to showcase the potential for rooftop solar in rural parts of the state. (WKMS)
A new web tool by the Southern Environmental Law Center lets people in six Southeast states see their utility is embracing solar or blocking it. (PV Magazine)
Two global solar companies say they are forming a partnership to expand solar in the Southeast. (Power Engineering)

WIND: A deadline to complete a mitigation plan for a proposed wind farm in Oklahoma is extended for the fourth time. (KFOR)

PIPELINES: Officials advance a plan for a natural gas pipeline to bring gas to the Delmarva Peninsula in northern Virginia. (Delmarva Now)

OIL & GAS:
• Six landowners file lawsuits against EQT Production Company, claiming the company failed to pay oil and gas royalties. (West Virginia Record)
• A contentious seat is up for election on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state’s oil industry and consumer natural gas rates. (Texas Standard)
• Oklahoma oil and gas regulators shut down a disposal well after an earthquake strikes. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Video footage that shows working conditions Kingston coal ash spill cleanup workers had to endure is missing, and TVA won’t acknowledge it no longer has it. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

CLIMATE: North Carolina leaders take a new, more progressive stance on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. (Coastal Review Online)

COMMENTARY:
West Virginia could soon join other state in moving away from coal-fired power with a new ruling that allows construction of a natural gas plant, an editorial board says. (Huntington Herald Dispatch)
South Carolina customers now face much higher electricity rates and the responsibility to foot bills of major power projects, a historian writes. (Chronicle Independent)

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