Southeast Energy News

Report shows solar booms in the Southeast led by North Carolina

SOLAR: North Carolina leads the Southeast in solar energy growth, with South Carolina, Florida and Georgia emerging as significant markets, according to a new report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. (pv magazine)

• The solar report projects North Carolina will nearly double its solar energy capacity by 2021. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority and Florida utilities lag the rest of the region while the report credits Georgia Power’s efforts in boosting its ranking. (Commercial Appeal, Sun Sentinel, Atlanta Business Chronicle)
• SunPower completes a 10 MW solar PV and 1 MW energy storage system at a U.S. Army installation in Alabama. (Solar Industry)

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• North Carolina officials issue the latest permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, which now needs just one state permit. (News & Observer)
• An Energy Transfer Partners subsidiary appeals a federal judge’s ruling that stopped construction on part of its Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana. (Reuters)
• A Virginia couple allows Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers access to their property hours before an eminent domain case was scheduled to go before a federal judge. (News & Advance)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Millions of dollars in new funding for electric vehicle infrastructure could soon be available as Florida lawmakers and regulators consider multiple transportation proposals. (Southeast Energy News)

POLITICS: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants to link teacher salaries to natural gas policy, which stems from his objection to a co-tenancy bill that would allow oil and gas development on parcels if 75 percent of property owners agreed. (Newsweek)

CLIMATE: A growing number of U.S. military sites, including a Marine Corps installation in South Carolina, are being damaged by sea level rise, threatening the military’s abilities, say retired top officials. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: The CEO of Avangrid Renewables, which won the initial leading rights for North Carolina’s first offshore wind farm, says a lack of land and aggressive renewables goals mean offshore wind energy is the “next frontier.”  (Triangle Business Journal)

COAL: The resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia appears to be concentrated in an area of southern West Virginia, western Virginia and eastern Kentucky. (Exponent Telegram)

• The demand for utility power is flat and unless utility companies, including the TVA, pursue current trends in electricity rather than fear them, they are headed for a grim reckoning, says writer David Roberts. (Vox)
• The fight over a multi-million-dollar fund tied to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is a desperate effort by Republicans to brighten their cloudy election-year prospects, says an editorial board. (WRAL)

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