Southeast Energy News

S.C. legislative battle brewing over state’s booming solar industry

SOLAR: Competing views over the future of South Carolina’s growing solar industry collide this week as lawmakers consider a pair of proposals that will dictate the industry’s future. (Post and Courier)

MORE: The difference between a utility-driven and consumer-driven market has a large impact on solar, as evidenced by many consumers in the Southeast resisting solar power because of price concerns. (Inside Sources)

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COAL ASH: A federal appeals court hears arguments Wednesday from Dominion Energy and the Sierra Club over the storage of more than 3 million tons of coal ash in Virginia. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A judge determines today whether pipeline protesters in West Virginia living on platforms in trees along the intended path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are illegally blocking construction progress. (WV Metro News)
• The Kentucky Senate passes a resolution requesting pipeline repurposing “be approached in the most environmentally and socially responsible way.” (Messenger-Advocate)
• FERC denies a Blue Racer Midstream subsidiary’s plans to change the rate structure and terms of service for a natural gas pipeline expansion in West Virginia. (Natural Gas Intel)

NATURAL GAS:
• Louisiana’s liquified natural gas exports are primed for growth, though analysts say there is doubt related to U.S. trade agreements under President Trump. (Watchdog.org)
• New tariffs on Chinese imports could make it harder for U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters, including those in Louisiana. (Houston Chronicle)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Coastal states, including South Carolina, are proposing laws to impede President Trump’s plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. (ABC News)

CARBON: Attendees at the final public hearing on Virginia’s state carbon reduction plan call for the strongest possible standards to reduce pollution from fossil fuel power plants. (Augusta Free Press)

NUCLEAR: Two contract workers in Tennessee were burned from an electrical discharge at a TVA nuclear plant; the cause is under investigation. (Times Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
Rolling back EPA coal ash regulations would save utilities nearly $100 million dollars a year while putting communities at greater health and environmental risk. (The Progressive)
• Regulators should require SCE&G to make investments in utility-scale solar, storage and efficiency before asking customers to pay for a new natural gas power plant, says an editorial board. (Post and Courier)
• Alabama leaders should require coal ash producers to clean it up while shifting to natural gas, solar and wind sources, say two reverends and guest columnists. (AL.com)
• Solar advocates explain several solar bills being considered in the South Carolina Legislature. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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