Southeast Energy News

S.C. regulators reject offshore drilling plans

OFFSHORE DRILLING: South Carolina regulators reject plans by one of six companies wanting to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the coast. (Post and Courier)

COAL:
• The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will investigate Blackjewel, a Kentucky coal company that retracted employees’ paychecks from their bank accounts after the company declared bankruptcy. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Hundreds of miners and their families attend a meeting in eastern Kentucky about Blackjewel’s bankruptcy. (WYMT)
• The United Mine Workers of America invites all the Democratic presidential candidates to tour a coal mine and discuss coal workers’ futures. (NBC)

COAL ASH:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will not dig up 5 million tons of coal ash stored in an unlined pit in Tennessee unless ordered to do so. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The EPA eliminates a provision that would require utilities to set aside money for coal ash liabilities. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• More than 50,000 people, including some who live in West Virginia, live within a city block of an active gas storage well, Harvard research shows. (Bloomberg)
• A Houston company says it will expand ship channels to accommodate more crude oil and petrochemical shipments. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)
• A new Louisiana law allows the state to use millions of dollars from BP’s oil spill settlement to fund infrastructure improvements. (Louisiana Record)
• A Louisiana community already home to oil and gas terminals and pipelines is now fighting a plastics production plant. (Huffington Post)
• A Texas energy regulator pushes for high school classes on the oil and gas industry. (San Antonio Business Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators ask Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers to answer opponents’ questions about protective coating on the pipes. (E&E News, subscription)
• A lawsuit over Mountain Valley Pipeline developers’ “quick take” strategy heads to the Supreme Court. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Florida utilities are embracing solar, but their in-house approach means a closed market for many third-party developers. (Greentech Media)
• Florida regulators will hold a hearing on Florida Power & Light’s proposal to build 20 solar projects. (CBS Miami)
• A renewable company begins construction on a 101 MW solar project in South Carolina. (Solar Power World)

RENEWABLES: Salesforce, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Apple and other tech companies urge Dominion to use renewable energy to power their data centers. (GreenBiz)

UTILITIES: North Carolina regulators set three meetings for ratepayers to weigh in on Dominion Energy’s proposed 9% rate hike. (Daily Advance)

COMMENTARY:
• What Texas lacks in solar policy incentives, it makes up for with electricity demand, a competitive energy market, and wide swaths of land, a columnist writes. (Greentech Media)
• The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is ignoring the legislature’s direction to adopt energy efficiency practices that would lower residents’ monthly utility bills, an environmental organization writes. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

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