Southeast Energy News

Santee Cooper wants to settle electric co-op lawsuit behind closed doors

UTILITIES: Santee Cooper wants to settle out of court its legal battle with South Carolina electric cooperatives over the utility charging customers for unfinished nuclear reactors. (Post and Courier)

ALSO: Texas electricity prices are expected to skyrocket this summer because of hot weather, potential power shortages and spikes in wholesale electricity prices. (Houston Chronicle)

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SOLAR:
• A North Carolina community wants to make rooftop solar panels mandatory on new homes, but state law doesn’t allow for it. (WWAY)
• Duke Energy puts off plans to build 10 MW of community solar projects in North Carolina until at least 2021. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• Florida Power & Light buys nearly 1,300 acres for a new solar farm in Palm Beach County. (Palm Beach Post)
• Another Florida county pushes a solar cooperative to help homeowners install rooftop solar panels at affordable rates. (WJHG)
• A solar developer plans to install 25 MW of solar gardens in Texas to meet about 10 percent of a food distributor’s national electricity use. (Renewables Now)
• Lexington, Kentucky residents build a solar-powered sailboat to cruise down the Kentucky River. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• More than 200 North Carolina middle schoolers will receive renewable energy and sustainability education. (Solar Industry)

NUCLEAR: A judge stops the federal government from suspending construction of a factory in Georgia that would turn excess plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors. (The State)

COAL:
• Bluestone Coal, a company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, will hire 250 workers at mines across southern West Virginia. (WSAZ)
• The Trump administration’s coal bailout plan could help some Texas power plants at risk of closing, but experts say it likely won’t make the state’s grid more reliable or make coal more economically viable. (KUT)

PIPELINES:
• Federal regulators face allegations of cherry-picking data to approve the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will disproportionately impact communities of color. (Pacific Standard)
• For a second time, regulators cite Mountain Valley Pipeline for erosion problems after workers failed to prevent sediment-laden water from running off a West Virginia work site. (Roanoke Times)
• A second pipeline protester has a criminal charge dropped after accusations that the arresting officer lied. (WSET)

OIL AND GAS:
• A gas company sues West Virginia property owners, claiming they interfered with pipeline construction. (West Virginia Record)
• Mansfield, Texas residents fight developers who want to build homes around abandoned drill sites and an active compressor station. (Mansfield News-Mirror)

POLITICS: South Carolina gubernatorial candidates rake in money from utilities, solar companies and other industries in one of the most expensive races in state history. (The Herald)

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