Southeast Energy News

Republicans push bill to fine coastal states that oppose offshore drilling

OFFSHORE DRILLING: House Republicans push a proposal to impose large fees on states that oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in more than 50 percent of lease blocks by charging them at least a tenth of the estimated government revenue that would have been generated. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES: Florida regulators plans to review a report on utilities’ hurricane preparedness and restoration that resulted from months of study and a workshop with the state’s utilities. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Georgia has become one of the nation’s leading states for solar power thanks to a public service commissioner who pushed Georgia Power to adopt clean energy. (InsideClimate News, Southeast Energy News archive)
• North Carolina saw only 84 MW of solar capacity added to its portfolio in the first quarter of 2018. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• A 4.4 MW solar farm in North Carolina that has been stalled for years finally nears construction. (Gaston Gazette)
• A new reports says solar power is growing in Texas, but it still only supplies enough energy to power 226,000 homes — about the size of El Paso. (Houston Chronicle)
• A North Carolina high school will be the first in the state to have a solar-powered car enter a national race. (WRAL)

WIND: A Danish company will supply wind turbines for a new 238 MW wind farm in Texas, which should be operational in 2019. (Renewables Now)

NUCLEAR: A new accounting firm analysis on the financial consequences of rate cuts for SCE&G says it isn’t clear if the utility would have to file for bankruptcy over lost revenue. (Post and Courier)

OIL AND GAS:
• The Permian Basin in Texas could nearly double crude oil production by 2023, according to a new report. (Dallas Morning News)
• Louisville sues the state of Kentucky over legislation that determines how it spends a a 4.5 percent severance tax on minerals including limestone and natural gas. (WFPL)
• Phillips 66 plans to expand a natural gas liquids project near Houston. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• TransCanada says it’s working on a section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline downstream of an explosion in West Virginia. (Reuters)
• Federal regulators approve Dominion Energy’s request to work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in some West Virginia waterways before the July 1 end of warmwater fish spawning season. (WV News)
• Environmental groups file a petition to stop construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying that it violates the Endangered Species Act. (Charlotte Business Journal)

COAL:
• The Trump administration’s plan to bail out coal and nuclear plants likely won’t add more mining jobs, but it may nevertheless boost support for the president in West Virginia and other coal mining states. (Bloomberg)
• Teens conduct soil studies to find PCB contamination at sites in West Virginia formerly used to build and dispose of transformers from coal companies. (WVPB)

COAL ASH: A North Carolina community raises concerns about Duke Energy’s plan to recycle coal ash for use in the concrete industry. (Goldsboro News Daily)

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