Southeast Energy News

San Antonio enters the fray for Tesla’s next cybertruck factory

WIND: North Carolina takes the first step toward what observers say is a crucial study of the state’s offshore wind manufacturing potential. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Amazon says it will add 615 megawatts of solar to its portfolio, including an installation in Virginia, a hotspot for corporate renewables. (Greentech Media)
• Southern Power has acquired the 56-megawatt Beech Ridge 2 wind farm in West Virginia from Invenergy for an undisclosed price. (Renews)
• Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa appoints a new North American on-shore chief executive, based in Orlando, Florida. (Renews)  

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• San Antonio officials are hoping to convince Tesla to consider the region for its next electric cybertruck factory. (Rivard Report)
• Tennessee will use $5.7 million in Volkswagen settlement money to buy electric and diesel-hybrid buses in three cities. (Associated Press)
• A Virginia energy company provides 10 electric vehicles to Richmond healthcare workers to use for their commutes during the pandemic. (WTVR-TV)

SOLAR:
• A homeowner claims in a petition to the Florida Supreme Court that state regulators have ceded authority to Florida Power and Light and allowed the utility to disincentivize large residential solar. (PV Magazine)
• The Southeast installed more utility-scale solar capacity than any other region over the past three years, according to federal data. (Today in Energy)

RENEWABLES: U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and two Republican colleagues sign a letter asking the Trump administration to extend deadlines for federal renewable energy tax credits due to pandemic-related delays. (news release) 

UTILITIES:
• Tennessee Valley Authority’s top executive says he is offering Memphis’ municipal utility a 20-year deal that would lower costs and add renewables if it continues to buy power from the federal utility. (Daily Memphian) 
• Entergy New Orleans will offer $100 monthly bill credits for four months to customers who can prove they are unemployed. (NOLA.com)

NUCLEAR:
• Tennessee Valley Authority confirms that an employee at its Sequoyah Nuclear Plant has tested positive for COVID-19. (News Channel 9)
• Georgia Power says nearly all of the 230 Plant Vogtle workers who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered. (Athens Banner-Herald) 

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SUSTAINABILITY: A University of Georgia researcher says society’s siloed approach to energy and resource conservation may lead to cheaper prices and more consumption and environmental decay. (news release) 

COMMENTARY:
• It’s time for Virginia to adopt policies promoting electric heating and cooking, a clean energy advocate and building consultant write. (Virginia Mercury)
• An Alabama state senator says investments in electric vehicles could sustain the state’s next wave of auto manufacturing. (Alabama Political Reporter)

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