Southeast Energy News

Renewables edge out coal as leading power source in Texas

RENEWABLES: Texas produced more energy from renewables than from coal in 2019, with wind almost edging out coal as the second leading source of power, according to the state’s grid manager. (Dallas Observer, Houston Chronicle)

UTILITIES: Florida’s Supreme Court rejects a constitutional amendment about deregulating the state’s electricity market, saying the ballot summary was misleading. (Tampa Bay Times)

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WIND: Dominion Energy employees train to safely work on massive offshore wind turbines off the coast of Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)

SOLAR: Solar advocates urge West Virginia lawmakers to legalize power purchase agreements, a common financing method for distributed solar. (WVPB)

PIPELINES:
Texas pipeline operations and mining could expand if President Trump rolls back a law requiring regulators to weigh environmental risks before approving major infrastructure projects. (Texas Observer)
Critics of the potential change say fast-tracking Louisiana’s infrastructure projects could harm the environment. (The Advocate)

COAL:
A utility serving several Southeast states will retire a coal-fired power plant in Louisiana as part of an agreement with the Sierra Club. (Utility Dive)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announces that a carbon technology company is opening a facility to research how to use coal to create advanced carbon products and materials. (WSAZ)
Hundreds of employees resume work at a Virginia coal mine after being furloughed. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

OIL & GAS: Three Houston oil and gas companies plan to cut nearly 600 jobs in Texas. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A Houston oil company is laying off more than five dozen oil rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

EMISSIONS: A convent of Roman Catholic sisters is working to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2037 at their ministries in Kentucky and Belize. (WFPL) 

COMMENTARY: Florida utilities should consider nuclear energy more seriously as an option to help tackle climate change, a columnist writes. (Tampa Bay Times)

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