Southeast Energy News

S.C. governor appoints himself to committee to study utility sale

UTILITIES: South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster appoints himself to a nine-member committee that will study whether South Carolina should sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (Associated Press)

MORE: South Carolina electric cooperatives want the Supreme Court to stay out of its legal dispute with Santee Cooper over who should pay for a failed nuclear project. (Greenville News)

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COAL: 1-in-5 coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years suffer from black lung disease, according to a new study. (NPR)

OIL AND GAS: Houston overtakes Cushing, Oklahoma as the central delivery point for U.S. crude oil. (Business Insider)

• Hundreds of people and organizations submit comments to federal regulators on how to improve the pipeline approval process. (WVPB)
• Construction continues on a 658-mile natural gas pipeline in Texas. (Brownwood Bulletin)
• The opening of a major Mexican pipeline is good news for drillers in the Permian Basin who need to send off excess oil. (E&E News, subscription)

• Wind energy experts discuss the prospect for offshore wind near the Texas coast. (Houston Public Media)
• The port of Corpus Christi, Texas expands capacity for wind turbine components. (Maritime Executive)

• A utility company partners with the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky on a solar project. (Louisville Business First)
• Six months after its acquisition of solar developer REC Solar, Duke Energy Renewables is steering it toward corporate customers. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Duke Energy plans to install 50,000 smart meters in North Carolina homes by the fall. (WITN)

GRID: Texas sets six electricity usage records in four days, causing challenges for grid operators. (Dallas Morning News)

CARBON TAX: The U.S. House passes a resolution denouncing the idea of a carbon tax before a Florida Republican lawmaker introduces it next week. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS: Former coal executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship says he has enough petition signatures to file with West Virginia so he can run for Senate again. (Weirton Daily Times)

COMMENTARY: When it’s in so much debt, Santee Cooper shouldn’t be making loans for economic development, a South Carolina real estate developer says. (Post and Courier)

CORRECTION: Public Utility of Texas Chairman DeAnn Walker raised concerns this week about a wind energy transmission project. An item in Thursday’s digest referred to her using an incorrect pronoun.

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